The Kyoto Protocol treaty was negotiated in December 1997
at the city of Kyoto, Japan and came into force February 16th, 2005.
"The Kyoto Protocol is a legally binding agreement under which industrialized
countries will reduce their collective emissions of greenhouse gases by 5.2%
compared to the year 1990 (but note that, compared to the emissions levels
that would be expected by 2010 without the Protocol, this target represents
a 29% cut). The goal is to lower overall emissions from six greenhouse gases
- carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, HFCs, and PFCs -
calculated as an average over the five-year period of 2008-12. National targets
range from 8% reductions for the European Union and some others to 7% for the US,
6% for Japan, 0% for Russia, and permitted increases of 8% for Australia and 10%
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Text of the Kyoto Protocol