The Kyoto Protocol came into force on February 16, 2005. Participating countries are targeting emissions reductions ranging from -8% to 10% of 1990 levels, with an overall reduction goal of 5% below the 1990 level from 2008 to 2012. In the United States, Senate Resolution 98 of the 105th Congress stated that the U.S. should not be a signatory...
Since 2001 the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has developed a growing set of factsheets that cover topics including energy, water, food, waste, buildings, materials, and transportation systems. Each factsheet presents important patterns of use, life cycle impacts and sustainable solutions. They are designed to inform policymakers, business professionals, students and teachers. The factsheets are peer-reviewed and updated annually.