United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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A framework for international action in tackling the prospect of global warming associated with emission of greenhouse gases which was agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. It called for the stabilization of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2000 to prevent serious induced global warming, and led to the Kyoto Protocol. Oil‐producing countries (particularly the USA) were concerned that limitations on the burning of fossil fuels would be a direct threat to their economies, so there was heated debate and a great deal of behind‐the‐scenes negotiation was required to get the convention accepted.

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