|In view of the
global nature of the problem the United Nations has taken on the task of
trying to coordinate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the process of negotiations reduction
targets have been set for the so-called developed nations. Developing nations
have been (temporarily) excused from numerical commitments as they so far
have not been the major contributor of emissions. A UN meeting last fall arrived at an
international agreement to limit
greenhouse gas emissions to about 5 or 6% below 1990 levels by about 2010.
Many countries, including Canada, are considering signing on the bottom line
by ratifying the agreement in 2002.
happen it will be an important first step toward controlling greenhouse gas