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Greenhouse gas emissions are changing the global climate. The average temperature is now about 0.7 degrees higher than it was 100 years ago and there have been significant changes in rainfall patterns. Action has been forced by recognition of the economic and social consequences of the climate changes being projected. The Kyoto conference saw recognition by leaders of the world community that climate change demands concerted political action. We should sign the Kyoto agreement so we play our part as responsible members of the world community to avert the sort of disastrous outcomes that are being predicted. Under the Kyoto agreement the developed world as a whole, which has been responsible for about 80 per cent of the human production of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, is obliged to reduce emissions to 95 per cent of the 1990 level by the 2008-2012 period. The American government obtained a uniquely generous target at Kyoto by essentially threatening to withdraw from the Convention unless we were given special treatment. As the world’s highest per capita emitters of
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