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Kyoto Accords Take Effect

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Kyoto Accords Take Effect

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Kyoto Accords Take Effect

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Smoke billows from an oil refinery in Taiwan's southern city of Kaohsiung. Reuters hide caption

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An agreement to fight global warming goes into effect Wednesday in much of the world. The Kyoto treaty was ratified by 140 nations, with some notable exceptions — the United States and Australia did not sign the treaty. Signatories are legally committed to meeting emissions targets by 2012.

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