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Change signed in Rio de Janeiro in May 1992, which they ratified two years later. The Malaysian government signed the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on March 12, 1999, which was ratified on September 4, 2002, and took effect on February 16, 2005.

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JUSTIN CORFIELD Geelong Grammar School, Australia

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