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Kyoto Protocol Comes into Force

The 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, produced a treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat global warming, but it failed to establish mandatory limits or enforcement provisions. The Kyoto Protocol is an amendment to the agreement that establishes such limits. Countries that ratify the treaty promise to reduce their emission of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases or engage in emissions trading. Which countries have not ratified the agreement?



The Parthenon

Regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece, the Parthenon is the chief temple of the Greek goddess Athena, built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens. One of the world's greatest cultural monuments, the white marble temple is considered the culmination of the Doric order of classical architecture. It features 46 outer columns and once boasted a continuous band of sculpture that encircled the structure. What caused the explosion that heavily damaged the Parthenon in 1687?

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Kim Jong-Il

Despite rumors that he masterminded several terrorist bombings in the 1980s, Kim Jong-Il succeeded his father as ruler of North Korea in 1994. Although Kim took steps to improve international relations early in his rule, the country's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons technology soured its dealings with the West. Kim has a reputation for personal extravagance. What are some examples that have been cited as evidence of his excesses?

Last updated on Tuesday, 16th February 2010

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