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(From Guardian Unlimited)
It's been four years in the offing, but Canada on Monday finally and formally withdrew from the world's only existing legal treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Kyoto protocol .
Despite criticism from environmentalists and the international community -- China has called the move "irresponsible" through its state media -- Canada is within its legal rights. The environment minister, Peter Kent, said: "We are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto."
Josh Roberts, a US-qualified lawyer at environmental law organisation ClientEarth , points out that article 27 of the Kyoto protocol allows any country to withdraw …