Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the minister of the environment has said.
Peter Kent said the protocol "does not represent a way forward for Canada" and the country would face crippling fines for failing to meet its targets.
The move, which is legal and was expected, makes it the first nation to pull out of the global treaty.
The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming.
"Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past, and as such we are invoking our legal right to withdraw from Kyoto," Mr Kent said in Toronto.
He said he would be formally advising the United Nations of his country's intention to pull out.
He said the cost of meeting Canada's obligations under Kyoto would cost $13.6bn (10.3bn euros; £8.7bn): "That's $1,600 from every Canadian family - that's the Kyoto cost to Canadians, that was the legacy of an incompetent liberal government".
He said that despite this cost, greenhouse emissions would continue to rise as two of the world's largest polluters - the US and China - had not signed the Kyoto agreement.
"We believe that a new agreement that will allow us to generate jobs and economic growth represents the way forward," he said.
Mr Kent's announcement came just hours after a last-minute deal on climate change was agreed in Durban.
"The Kyoto Protocol is a dated document, it is actually considered by many as an impediment to the move forward but there was good will demonstrated in Durban, the agreement that we ended up with provides the basis for an agreement by 2015."
He said that though the text of the Durban agreement "provides a loophole for China and India", it represents "the way forward".
Canada's previous Liberal government signed the accord but Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government never embraced it.
Canada declared four years ago that it did not intend to meet its existing Kyoto Protocol commitments and its annual emissions have risen by about once third since 1990.
**** the environment, **** the poor, **** criminals, **** the police, **** healthcare, **** universities, **** riots and OWS and **** anything else people with solidarity worry about.
For such a rich country with a developed infrastructure and industries with a measly population of 33 million for the 2nd largest country in the world full of resources............and we can't even continue our measly growth rate unless we ditch the Kyoto accords and the environment? We don't' even have free education and the worst national healthcare system of any first world country.
"Of the 140 countries that agreed upon the emissions targets, 30 are industrialised." (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...ws.environment
Man if other first world countries have this and are abiding the Kyoto accord and have more population with less resources then why can't we. Its a rhetorical question, obviously we could. So it disgusts me and I await the arguments that justify this.....................................yeah **** with the environment, it has no group, no allegiance, no politics no boarder.