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Montreal & Kyoto

Yet-Another-Article (YAA). This time, a short recounting of recent Canadian environmental issues vis-a-vis greenhouse-gas emissions, entitled "Canada & Kyoto, an Environmental Diary, 2005.11.26":

Abstract
On Friday, November 25th, 2005, Montreal will begin playing host to the UN Summit on Global Climate Change; a world forum that brings together political leaders, environmental ministers, NGOs, and international agencies from around the world to discuss the effects of human lifestyles and industry on the natural environment.

One of the chief points of interest of the conference is the discussion concerning international compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, and has not escaped the awareness of many parties that the hosting nation, Canada, is both a signatory of the Protocol, and a party that is far behind its mandated reductions of greenhouse gas emmisions. Rather than approaching its goal of reducing its greenhouse emissions by 5.2% relative to 1990 emission levels equivalent to 596 000kt of CO2, Canada's cumulative emissions have steadily increased to its current level, which surpassed 740 000kt, CO2 equiv, in 2003. The trend, since the signing of the Protocol in 1997, has thus been towards steadily increasing emissions, rather than reductions.




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