February 2005 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

Kyoto Protocol Enters Into Force: Special Website Coverage Now Available

The Kyoto Protocol, an international climate change agreement, enters into force on February 16th, 2005. The Protocol sets binding targets for developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an average 5.2 percent below 1990 levels.

With entry into force, Kyoto's emission targets become binding legal commitments for those industrialized countries that have ratified it. The Kyoto Protocol was designed as a first step. The challenge now is forging an international framework that engages all major emitting countries in an effective long-term effort.

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has created a special section looking at the implications of Kyoto's entry into force, including history, related issues and reports and analyses. The section devotes significant space to the question: What happens next?

Learn more.

Additional Resources

Report: Climate Data: Insights and Observations (December 2004)

Q & A: Kyoto Protocol

Glossary: Key Terms Related to the Kyoto Protocol

Events Highlighting Kyoto's Entry Into Force

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website

Learn about international, national and state emissions targets.