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Government Authority: Kyoto Protocol and Co Emissions

government authority: The Kyoto Protocol committed major industrial economies to reducing their annual CO2 emissions to below 1990 levels by 2012, while providing financial support to developing countries to encourage them to follow suit eventually, according to National Observer. Canada signed the accord in 1998 and ratified it in 2002, eventually pulling out of the treaty in 2011. ; In February 2007, Layton argued Canada must honour its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol as he introduced a climate change accountability act that would impose a full range of greenhouse gas reduction targets at five-year intervals, and give the government authority to ensure compliance through strong regulations. The longtime environment advocate and Ontario NDP MPP for Toronto-Danforth was then Layton's special adviser on climate change, at a time when the phenomenon was just starting to be taken seriously by countries across the world. Canada has to be involved in international efforts to combat climate change. It is time to get tough on the polluters. We must be involved every step of the way, and we should play a leadership role, Layton said. ( As reported in the news.