Suffolk Commemorates Implementation of Kyoto Protocol

2/10/2005

Featured speakers include: Ross Gelbspan, Writer and Science Reporter, and author of “ The Heat is On ” and “ Boiling Point .” Dr. Wolfgang Vorwerk, Consul General of Germany. Ann Berwick, Senior Environmental Consultant, M.J. Bradley and Associates, and Former Chief of the Environmental Protection Division, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Pamela Resor, Massachusetts State Senator. Amelia Ravin, Community Program Coordinator and Kendall Fellow, Clean Air-Cool Planet. In 1997, 160 nations met in Kyoto, Japan as a follow up to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and formed the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol calls for developed nations to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they produce to the levels they were in 1995. The United States had signed the treaty during the Clinton administration, but due to a lack of votes in the Senate, it was not sent for ratification.

When the George W. Bush administration took office, it announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement. Despite non-adherence of the United States, the Protocol specified that it would go into effect when 50% of the world's producers of greenhouse gas emissions had ratified the treaty. On November 18, 2004, Russia agreed to the treaty, thus gaining the necessary 50%. The treaty goes into effect on February 16, 2005.

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