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<font face="Verdana" size="-1" color="#CC6600"><b>Climate
Change</b></font> 

<font face="Verdana" size="-1"><b>What the world learned:</b> In
1996, the scientific panel set up by the United Nations reported that
a "discernible human influence" was evident on a changing
global climate. By 2001, the group was more definitive: "most of
the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been
due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations."</font> 

<font face="Verdana" size="-1"><b>What goals were set:</b> At
the Earth Summit, 170 nations agreed to voluntary reductions of
greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. By mid-decade, negotiations
were underway for binding reductions in industrial nations, to 6-8
percent below 1990 levels, leading to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
Meanwhile, the U.N. climate panel said that climate stabilization
would require emissions reductions of 60-80 percent.</font> 

<font face="Verdana" size="-1"><b>What happened:</b> Carbon
emissions globally increased by 9 percent between 1992 and 2001. In
the U.S., they increased by 18 percent. The United States withdrawal
from the Protocol in 2001, and President Bush's 2002 decision to rely
on voluntary, efficiency-driven measures to control emissions, will
likely result in further increases in U.S. emissions by
2010.</font>

<font color="#000000">--  
David Bainbridge 
Environmental Studies Coordinator 
GLS Department</font>
<font color="#000000">Alliant International University 
10455 Pomerado Road 
San Diego, CA 92131 
 
Fax (858) 635-4730 
Ph (858) 635-4616</font>
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<font color="#000000">International Design Magazine Top 40,
2001. 
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<font face="Times New Roman" size="+2"
color="#000000"><i>"The saddest thing about any man is that he
be ignorant, and the most exciting thing is that he
knows."</i>  Alfred the Great, 9th Century</font>
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