DOHA - An international group of environmental organizations on Monday gave Japan and four other countries "Fossil of the Day" awards for not making sufficient efforts to fight global warming.
Announcing recipients on the opening day of U.N. climate change talks, the Climate Action Network gave the First Place Fossil awards to the five, also including Russia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, for not committing themselves to a new round of carbon emissions cut obligations under the Kyoto Protocol after the 2012 end of the current commitment period.
Japan, Russia and New Zealand are not participating in the second commitment period, while Canada has said it is formally withdrawing from the accord. The United States left the framework before the first commitment period started in 2008.
Announced every day during the session of a climate change conference, the award has become a familiar part of the meeting.