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November 28, 2005

States, regions, and the Kyoto Protocols

Even though they can't be signatories to the Kyoto Protocols, a growing number of states, counties, or cities have used the Protocol as a model for local initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases. Indeed, according to a recent article in Nature,

Even though the United States does not participate in the Kyoto protocol, about one-quarter of the population lives in states, counties or cities that have adopted climate change policies similar to those of the global initiative.... Including regions classified as 'probable' and 'possible' adopters, which have pledged to reduce emissions, more than one-third of the U.S. population lives in such areas.... Together, these regions contribute up to half of the US gross domestic product, equivalent of 16.9% of global GDP, a slightly larger share than Japan, the world's second largest economy.

[via WorldChanging]

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Posted by dymaxion at November 28, 2005 09:24 PM


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