Kyoto Protocol

Essay by shahzamanUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, January 2009

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IntroductionThe Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty where countries agree to diminish the quantity of greenhouse gases they emit if their neighbors do likewise. It is an extremely complex agreement that allows trading pollution credit. No region of the earth will be unaffected if Global Warming continues to grow. Many people just stand motionless as the wave of weather change becomes more evident. It is absolutely obligatory that the nations of the world work multilaterally to not only deal with the dilemma of Global Warming, but also resolve and decipher the catastrophe that it withholds.

The IPCC forecasts that during the next century, the average pace of warming will be greater than anything seen in the last 10,000 years. Global sea levels would rise by at least 15 and perhaps as much as 95 centimeters. Surface temperatures could augment by between 1.0 and 3.5 degrees Celsius. With weather change, there will be an even greater complexity with water resources in every branch of the world.

Nineteen countries are under strain for insufficiency of water. This figure is expected to double by the year 2025 even if the weather does not change.

The present rate of extinction for animals, birds and plants is already between 50 to 100 times than the natural one. If the current rate of deforestation in the tropics continues, this would go up, potentially, to 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural extinction rate in the next 30 years. If global warming occurs, every thing and everyone will be affected in some way. An increase of just 0.2% in the solar output could have the same affect as doubling the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere.

Most places will become warmer which will cause changes in the amount and pattern of rain. Everything in the natural...