In developing countries, a program called Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM)—a creation of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol treaty on climate change—may help reduce methane emissions from garbage. The Kyoto Protocol is an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty that seeks to reduce global warming by requiring industrialized countries to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions believed to be causing rising global temperatures. Using the treaty's CDM program, industrialized countries can claim credits for reducing global warming not only by reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions but also by funding greenhouse gas-reduction programs in less-developed nations. Methane, along
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