The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


UNFCCC
Definition: (Aka UN Framework Convention on Climate Change)

A treaty signed at the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit that called for the "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."

Notes:
1. The treaty took effect in March 1994 upon ratification by more than 50 countries.

2. The treaty was formulated and signed before any scientific evidence of a human fingerprint on global warming had been compiled. This suggests that the goal — reduction of fossil fuel consumption — was more important than any science that would prove that this reduction was necessary.

Click here to view a Judith Curry lecture where she presents her opinion of why this might have happened. She starts speaking at the 3 minute mark.


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