On Monday in Bonn, negotiators from 178 nations reached an accord that should help transform the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming into a binding international treaty.
They did it without the United States. Last month, President Bush repeatedly warned that his administration would not back the Kyoto Protocol (SN: 12/20 & 27/97, p. 388) because it is, he said, "fatally flawed in fundamental ways." U.S. representatives in Bonn behaved accordingly, says Ute Collier, an observer in Bonn representing the World Wildlife Fund-UK in London.
Mostly, she told Science News, U.S. negotiators "sat back and didn't say anything."