The greenhouse effect is thought to be causing a worldwide increase in temperature, estimated to be between 2 and 6 degrees over the next 100 years. The greenhouse effect is caused by the emission of “greenhouse gases”. The Kyoto Protocol is a commitment to reduce the emissions of such gases. The EU and the Member States are part of The Kyoto Convention on Climate Change and regret that the USA has refused to sign.
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NotesAccording to the European Environment Agency (EEA) emissions of greenhouse gases were 1 per cent higher in 2001 than in 2000 – making it highly unlikely that the EU can now keep its promises set by the Kyoto Protocol.