Kyoto Accords Take Effect

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

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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