By Doug Schouten, November 2002It seems like global bureaucracy was in vogue this past century. Following suit with its fashionable counterparts, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) adopted the Kyoto Protocol (Kyoto) in 1997. Kyoto imposes emissions regulations on all the signing countries with the aim of reducing, by 2012, the so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions to pre-1990 levels. Kyoto also creates a number of new international bodies to oversee its implementation. Now, rather than just relaying some concerns about Kyoto, perhaps a brief outline of global warming trends and the method with which Kyoto seeks to combat these trends is first in order here.