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Kyoto Protocol

What is the Kyoto Protocol?

It is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which has the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thus stabilising the concentrations of such gases in the atmosphere at levels which minimise interference with the world's climate system.

This unprecedented international climate change agreement entered into force on 16 February 2005 after being ratified by most signatory countries (the USA being the marked exception). The Kyoto protocol commits the developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2008-2012 to set percentages of their 1990 emissions levels.

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