Marketplace PM for February 16, 2005

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U.S. takes pass on Kyoto

The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect today. It's the most expansive action yet against the threat of global warming, even though the world's largest greenhouse gas producer -- the U.S. -- is staying out. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

International smog trading begins

One of the unique features of the Kyoto deal is that countries and companies will now be able to trade greenhouse gas "credits." Host David Brown asks Economist energy reporter Vijay Vaitheeswaran how someone will go about trading on this new market.

Rehab hurts

Most American cities are encouraging mass migration into the urban core. In Providence, R.I., city leaders are hoping that a hip cultural hotbed will emerge from the city's aging commercial center. Robin Amer reports.

Commentary: Class-action legislation

Commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate Ralph Nader gives his view on Congress' debate over class action lawsuits.

Rape and AIDS in South Africa

In South Africa today thousands of AIDS activists marched on parliament demanding free anti-retroviral drugs that help fight the disease. An estimate 5 million South Africans have HIV or AIDS. Combine that with the fact that the country's rate of sexual assault is among the highest in the world -- and you get a pretty dire picture. Rape victims, along with everyone else who gets exposed to the disease, lack access to the treatment they need, as Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.

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