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The world's first climate treaty recently took effect. This treaty requires that all developed countries submit their national plans for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide to 1990 levels by the year 2000. What do you think countries should be required to do next and beyond the year 2000?



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I think it would be a good idea to require countries to carry out their action plans. Right now they are only required to submit their plans, not to actually do anything that might reduce air pollution. It is hard to think of how countries might be persuaded to do this, since it is hard to persuade countries from attacking their neighbors. I think your generation may be able to answer this question, but it will take a long time and lots of hard work. I would encourage you to get a copy of the proceedings of the 1992 UNEP summit, read it, and keep up to date on further bulletins issued by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

If, after you know what people are suggesting the world should do next, you find that they are missing the point or not taking effective action, you can start writing and speaking and actively participating in the process.

Mortis



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