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XXI. Sinks

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A "sink" is a process, activity or mechanism which removes a greenhouse gas, an aerosol or a precursor of a greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Sinks may either be oceanic or terrestrial in nature. The developed countries were obliged to commit themselves to, 'mitigation of climate change, by limiting its anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and protecting and enhancing its greenhouse gas sinks and reservoirs'. Similar obligations were reiterated in Agenda 21, and despite remaining uncertainties in this area, in the lead up to the Kyoto Protocol. Although the Kyoto Protocol gave a clear nod to the utilization of sinks, the modalities of how to utilize them were not settled until 2001 following the most volatile period in the history of the climate change regime, which ended up with the United States walking out of the negotiations, and the Sixth COP collapsing without agreement.

Keywords: Agenda 21; greenhouse gas; Kyoto Protocol; sinks; United States



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