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The Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
For some countries, the Kyoto Protocol is not seen to be the solution. The United States and Australia are prime examples of countries that reject the Kyoto Protocol. However, just because of this fact, the world should not be too harsh on the two countries, because they are making their own efforts to reduce emissions.
The United States and Australia are both part of a regional agreement called 'Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate'. This was signed on the 12th of January, 2006. There are six countries involved in this agreement, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, and the United States. These countries have agreed to collaborate in the development and sharing of technology involving the reduction of greenhouse gases. The enviromental and energy leaders will cooperate to develop ways to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. The new agreement allows each country to set their own targets but does not have any enforcement.
The agreement has been criticised as being just a "nice little public relations ploy." However, the agreement is different from the Kyoto Protocol, bringing developing and developed countries together.
The Wisconsin's Global Warming Plan
This plan aims to reduce the levels of emission by cutting down the electricity consumption and also improve fuel efficiency. The plan is supported and partially funded by the U.S Envirionmental Protection Agency.
Mini Kyoto Protocol
Just because the United States did not ratify it doesn't mean that all Americans reject the Protocol! Many mayors in favour of the Kyoto Protocol gathered together to make an independent 'mini' Kyoto protocol amongst themselves. They will reduce emissions of ndividual cities, and hopefully make an impact on total emissions of th US.
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