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the gradual increase of the temperature of the earth's lower atmosphere as a result of the increase in greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution. Global warming and its effects, such as more intense summer and winter storms, are also referred to as climate
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Kyoto Protocol

A legally binding agreement adopted by the countries in attendance at the December 1997 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto, Japan. Delegates from the 160 industrialized nations present agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5.2 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2010. The United States pledged a 7 percent reduction, although the U.S. Congress did not ratify the agreement.
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"We should put further pressure on the government to pressurise the US to sign the Kyoto agreement - and also the developing industrial nations like China and India."
Finland should keep to the Kyoto agreement, according to the Finnish environment minister Jan-Erik Enestam.
Likewise, business groups now oppose Kyoto not because they have suddenly become passionately concerned about the unemployment rate or sovereignty but rather because the Kyoto Agreement is seen as an unwelcome ecological restriction on the pursuit of profit.
If meeting the goals of the Kyoto agreement is costly, Alberta, along with Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador, the country's three hydrocarbon-producing provinces, would be the hardest hit; it would also cost heavy carbon consumers more, including those who run SUVs.
With manufacturers and environmentalists going head to head in the media over what is the actual cost of implementing the Kyoto Agreement, it's hard to see where the truth lies.
He's pushed for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other sensitive areas to oil drilling, gutted EPA's enforcement budget and the Clean Air Act, pulled out of the Kyoto agreement on global warming, reneged on an agreement with the auto industry to raise fuel efficiency standards, and allowed Enron to write the administration's energy policy.
Senate never ratified the Kyoto agreement. Then last year, President Bush withdrew support, saying it would be bad for the economy.
However, at the time of writing, a delegation of Australian government officials is in the Moroccan city of Marrakech working to extract the very part of the Kyoto agreement that gives it its power -- its legal teeth.
The EU is supposed to cut emissions by 8 per cent by 2010 under the Kyoto Agreement which is being finalised at an international conference in Morocco.
Japanese officials at the climate talks said Australia's position would not affect negotiations on the treaty, since enforcement of the Kyoto agreement does not depend on Australian ratification.
The basic premise of these economists, reported in the Wall Street Journal on August 7, is that the Kyoto agreement is unworkable since it would three the phase-out of a vast amount of capital equipment well before the end of its useful life, causing--you guessed it--economic havoc.
If they won't trim the Kyoto agreement according to our specifications, we'll take our globe and go home.