Essay Can Canada Be Punished for Violating Global Warming Pacts?

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Can Canada be punished for Violating Global Warming Pacts?
Canada in fact can and will be punished for Violating Global warming effects, if not by legal terms internationally, there will be consequences for their actions.
Background
Canada has violated the Global warming Pact called the “Kyoto Protocol”.
“The view that human activities are likely responsible for most of the observed increase in global mean temperature ("global warming") since the mid-20th century is an accurate reflection of current scientific thinking. Human-induced warming of the climate is expected to continue throughout the 21st century and beyond.”
The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty
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"Kyoto for Canada is in the past. As such, we are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw," Kent said. Canada signed the accord in 1998 and ratified it in 2002 but was not on track to meet its legally binding targets. The Conservatives have committed to 17 per cent cuts from 2005 levels by 2020, a much lower threshold to meet than cutting below 1990 emissions levels.
Legal Ideas and international Treaties
There are two main legal ideas present in this case, and Canada has dealt with one, and is being accused of violating the other.
-Kyoto Protocol Article 27
-Canadian Domestic Law
Article 27
Article 27 in the Kyoto Protocol states that:
1. At any time after three years from the date on which this Protocol has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this Protocol by giving written notification to the Depositary.
2. Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the Depositary of the notification of withdrawal, or on such later date as may be specified in the notification of withdrawal.
3. Any Party that withdraws from the Convention shall be considered as also having withdrawn from this Protocol.

Now in this case, Canada is, in international terms, abiding by the laws and is not performing any illegal actions, however they are breaking moral and ethical code in a lot of ways. Scientists and government from around the

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