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Global Warming and the Kyoto Treaty

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Global Warming and the Kyoto Treaty
Global warming is the increase in temperature of Earth’s atmosphere, and the Kyoto Treaty was made to reduce greenhouse gases, and have the climate that all living things have come to rely upon, back on track. After decades of ongoing research and debate, scientists have not been able to figure out what causes global warming. The only conclusion that has been made is the fact that greenhouse gases emitted by humans have led to deadly consequences. Thus, 189 United Nations member states have signed an agreement aimed at combating global warming. However, some countries have not ratified the treaty, leading to political dispute over global warming.
Gases in the earth’s atmosphere help control Earth’s temperature. It all starts off with sunlight that is absorbed by land and water. The earth’s surface warms up and gives out energy called infrared radiation. The energy is eventually released back into space, and then trapped by greenhouse gases. It is important to remember that some greenhouse gases are needed, or else Earth would be too cold for plants and animals to live. The problem is extra carbon dioxide and other gases. As extra greenhouse gases trap more heat, the whole planet becomes warmer. As the greenhouse effect is stronger, Earth’s natural balance is upset. The problem is huge and happening only because greenhouse gases are overloading the atmosphere (epa.gov).
It is unfortunate that humans are mainly responsible for global

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