Bananas rank fourth after rice, wheat, and maize in human food production. Evidence suggests that bananas were cultivated in Asia at least as far back as 5000 BC, and Alexander the Great is said to have encountered them in India. Large international traffic of the banana began with the development of refrigerated transport in the 19th century. In what country has the banana plant been used for the production of high-quality textiles since the 13th century?
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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or 1992 Earth Summit, produced a treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it failed to establish mandatory limits or enforcement provisions. The Kyoto Protocol is an amendment to the UNFCCC that establishes these limits. Countries that ratify this treaty promise to reduce their emissions of CO2 and five other greenhouse gases; otherwise, they promise to engage in emissions trading. Which countries have ratified it?
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Kim Jong-il succeeded his father to become the ruler of North Korea in 1994. Although there were promising signs of better relations with South Korea and other nations early in his rule, the country's relation with the West have recently been troubled by its nuclear weapons program. After the US in 2002 stopped shipment of fuel oil it was providing under the Agreed Framework, an agreement signed during the Clinton administration, North Korea withdrew from what treaty?