Pro­to­col puz­zle

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Coun­tries fail to reach a con­sen­sus on whether hy­droflu­o­ro­car­bons should be placed un­der the Ky­oto Pro­to­col or the Mon­treal Pro­to­col

THE UN Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Bonn wit­nessed a hot de­bate on whether hy­droflu­o­ro­car­bons ( HFCs) should be treated as short-lived cli­mate pol­lu­tants un­der the Ky­oto Pro­to­col or be phased out un­der the Mon­treal Pro­to­col on sub­stances that de­plete the ozone layer. But a con­sen­sus on it is yet to be reached. Ex­perts be­lieve that the suc­cess of the Mon­treal Pro­to­col has tilted the scale in its favour. Susheel Kumar, the leader of the In­dian del­e­ga­tion, said at the meet, "We are push­ing for so­lu­tions that are not proven (al­ter­na­tives for HFCs)." Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, how­ever, in an op-ed in a US news­pa­per in Septem­ber recog­nised the Mon­treal Pro­to­col as the right fo­rum for HFCs.

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