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Global Response Needed to Tackle Climate Change


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With compelling science indicating that climate change is real and impacted by human activities, it is clear that a global response is needed to address the challenge. So what is the global community doing?

In 1997, The Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was adopted by many countries. The Kyoto Protocol set binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2012, from a 1990 baseline.

A criticism of the Protocol was that it focused reduction targets only on industrialized countries, leaving rapidly developing economies such as China and India without any commitments. While many countries signed the Kyoto Protocol, some nations such as the U.S. did not.

Extensive work has been underway globally to develop the treaty that will replace Kyoto when it expires in 2012. In December 2009, country negotiators from around the world will meet in Copenhagen to try to negotiate a new protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 2012 and 2050.

“Climate change is a global issue and solutions will require global cooperation, commitments and creativity,” said Linda Fisher, DuPont vice president and chief sustainability officer. “The meeting in Copenhagen will be an important step in developing that cooperative process.”


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