Kyoto Protocol

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A protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international environmental treaty with the goal of stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations
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The Kyoto pact, adopted in 1997, requires Japan to cut greenhouse gas emissions an average 6 percent from 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012, and Tokyo aims to achieve 3.8 percent of the target through trees absorbing CO2.
Mr Jones also assailed the US President's record on the environment, criticising Mr Bush for pulling out of the Kyoto pact on global warming while praising Russia for ratifying the treaty.
Under the Kyoto pact, ethanol is considered as not generating CO2 when used as fuel because the amount emitted is canceled out by the amount absorbed by the plants when they grow.
Bush rejected the Kyoto pact last March, saying it would sacrifice U.S.
But Mr Bush has been advised that complying with the Kyoto pact could cost the US economy pounds 250billion and result in almost five million job losses.
According to CAN, Howard declared during an election campaign speech on Sunday that the Australian government will not ratify the Kyoto pact without first establishing its impact on Australia.
Under the Kyoto pact, Japan is required to cut greenhouse gas emissions during the 2008-2012 period by 6 percent from the 1990 level.
The campaign against the anti-torture pact was the latest in a wave of actions that have infuriated many of Washington's closest allies, including rejection of the Kyoto pact on global warming and the new International Criminal Court aimed at combating genocide and war crimes.
The Kyoto pact requires industrialized countries to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by an average of 5.2%.
Japan hopes to gain Diet approval of the Kyoto pact during the ongoing parliamentary session and the nation's support is crucial for the agreement to become legally binding.
A governmental task force to promote anti-global warming measures will adopt the basic policy to ensure Japan's ratification of the Kyoto pact, which obligates the country to cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 6% from 1990 levels in 2008-2012.
WORLD climate change talks were edging towards a deal on the Kyoto pact last night despite protests from some rich countries.
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