The Kyoto Protocol is an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
UNFCCC, an international treaty on global warming
Countries which ratify this protocol commit to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases
A total of 141 countries have ratified the agreement. Notable exceptions include the United States and Australia
Kyoto Protocol It’s Getting Warmer!
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It was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, opened for signature on March 16, 1998, and closed on March 15, 1999
Current estimates are that even if successfully and completely implemented, the Kyoto Protocol is predicted to reduce the average global temperature by somewhere between 0.02°C and 0.28°C by the year 2050
UN Framework On Climate Change
Article 2 (iv) Research on, and promotion, development and increased use of, new and renewable forms of energy, of carbon dioxide sequestration technologies and of advanced and innovative environmentally sound technologies
(vi) Encouragement of appropriate reforms in relevant sectors aimed at promoting policies and measures which limit or reduce emissions of greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol;
(viii) Limitation and/or reduction of methane emissions through recovery and use in waste management, as well as in the production, transport and distribution of energy
The Climate Stewardship Act
First introduced in the senate in 2003 and reintroduced in February 2005
It would reduce carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydroflurocarbon and perfuorocarbons which are released by power plants to 2000 levels by 2010.
The bill reduces the risk of global warming without hurting the economy.
How To Prevent Global Warming:
(examples: 1. use low-energy, low-water-use washing machines, 2. use a solar heated system for hot water, 3. use an electric or push mower for gasoline powered mower)