The objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is to “stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” (Article 2, UNFCCC, 1992). This treaty is not legally binding to its signers in terms of reducing GHG’s and instead facilitates meetings to set protocols for gases that contribute to climate change at annual Conferences of the Parties (COP). The UNFCCC has 196 members and is preparing for the major Conferences of the Parties 21 (COP21) in Dec. 2015 to finalize a protocol to create a new, legally binding agreement on reducing GHG emissions (UNFCCC, 2015).
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