The protocol, which was signed by
President Bill Clinton, called for reducing the
emission of six greenhouse gases in 41
countries plus the European Union to 5.2
percent below 1990 levels during the target
period of 2008 to 2012.
Government leaders began discussions to try and stem the outflow of greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the most dire predicted outcomes. The first global agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, the Kyoto Protocol, was adopted in 1997.
Global emissions were still on the rise by 2005, the year the Kyoto Protocol became international law—even though it was adopted in 1997
Developing countries such as China and India have refused to be included in the Kyoto Protocol. At that time, when the Protocol was being discussed, it would have been reasonable not to be included in the conversation.
The Kyoto Protocol does not address the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases, but deals with greenhouse gas emissions focused on the short term rather than the long term.
Participating countries claimed that they actually reduced the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere, but the data is not showing the same.