From the WSJ's afternoon report:
A U.N. report registered a 2.4% rise in emissions of greenhouse gases by 41 industrialized nations between 2000 and 2004, despite efforts under the Kyoto Protocol to cap them and stave off global warming. Of the 41 industrialized nations, 34 increased emissions between 2000 and 2004, the U.N. reported. In the U.S., source of two-fifths of the industrialized world's greenhouse gases, emissions grew by 1.3% in that period, and by almost 16% between 1990 and 2004. Among countries bound by Kyoto, Germany's emissions dropped 17% between 1990 and 2004, Britain's by 14% and France's by almost 1 percent, the U.N. reported. But Kyoto signatories such as Japan, Italy and Spain have registered emissions increases since 1990. The U.N. findings come as a U.K. government report said unchecked global warming will devastate the world economy on the scale of the world wars and the Great Depression.