Kyoto Protocol Bill Menke, December 6, 2005. Summary. Milestones 1972 Stockholm Declaration 1988 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1992 UN Framewor Convention on Climate Change 1997 Byrd-Hagel Resolution 1997 Kyoto Protocol 2005 Kyoto Rulebook Statistics Reactions.
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1972 Stockholm Declaration
1988 Intergovernmental Panel on
1992 UN Framewor Convention on Climate Change
1997 Byrd-Hagel Resolution
1997 Kyoto Protocol
2005 Kyoto Rulebook
Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Changeestablished 1988joint program of theWorld Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme
Assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation
This group publishes the IPCC Reportrs that we have used
previously in this class
Kyoto Protocolto the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changenegotiated in 1997open for signature in 1998came into force February 16, 2005
US signed in 1998 (Clinton) but withdrew in in 2001
"The Kyoto Protocol was fatally flawed in fundamental ways, but the process used to bring nations together to discuss our joint response to climate change is an important one …“
George W. Bush
June 11, 2001
emissions targets arbitrary and not based on science
protocol's binding limits on emissions could harm the U.S. economy
Several big emitter countries, such as China (the number 2 emitter) and India (number 6) are totally exempt.
Although every European country says that it supports ratification of Kyoto, none have explained what ratification means for their citizens and their economies. If they were so confident that these targets could be achieved at low cost with no serious economic consequences, they would be more forthcoming with their plans and analyses.
The arguments for and against nuclear power have changed somewhat over the years. Finland’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Sinikka Mönkäre, who is a Social Democrat and a physician, argues for the building of a new nuclear power plant because of Finland's climate commitments under the Kyoto protocol, and the price and availability of energy.
Why Greenpeace supports Kyoto
The Kyoto Protocol is the only global action plan against climate change. It's just the first step but the way forward is for countries to get on board and negotiate the next round of emissions reduction targets.
From the GreenPeace website
The president's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol is going to cost U.S. energy technology companies millions of dollars. The international agreement will create a multibillion dollar market in the developing world for renewable energy technologies, and the Germans and the Japanese, participants in Kyoto, are going to have a leg up in that market.
National Environment Trust
Independent of politics, going after reducing CO2 makes real business sense because it usually means going after energy use.
General Motors Corporation
The expansion of palm oil production* is one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction in south-east Asia. It is one of the most environmentally damaging commodities on the planet. Once again it appears we are trying to solve our environmental problems by dumping them in developing countries, where they have devastating effects on local people.
* due to a European Union laws requiring conventional fuels to be blended with biofuels