A Japanese woman holds a placard during a parade in Kyoto.
A Japanese woman holds a placard during a parade in Kyoto, western Japan, February 16, 2005. After years of delays, a world plan to fight global warming went into force on Wednesday, feted by its backers as a lifeline for the planet but rejected as an economic straitjacket by the United States and Australia. The 141-nation Kyoto Protocol formally took effect at 0500 GMT and a ceremony in the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto, where the pact was signed in 1997, is set for later in the day. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama KM/JJ