Fukushima Daiichi and the Kyoto Protocol

Fukushima Daiichi and the Kyoto Protocol / Daniel Firger, Associate Director Center for Climate Change Law, Climate Law Blog, 22/03/2011

http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/climatechange/2011/03/22/fukushima-daiichi-and-the-kyoto-protocol/

As a result of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, speculation is mounting that Japan will be unable to meet its greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol and may declare “force majeure,” effectively denouncing the treaty which bears the name of its historic capital city. This speculation is overwrought. For any number of reasons, both legal and political, Japan has no need to take such a dramatic and public step…


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