How has the Kyoto Protocol impacted climate change, 15 years on?

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The landmark Kyoto Protocol created the first binding targets to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Some experts say it helped slow the march of climate change, but others question its long-term effectiveness. When the US — responsible for a large part of historic CO2 emissions — withdrew from the agreement in 2011, and Canada shortly after, many observers thought the Kyoto Protocol had failed. But by 2012, the emissions of the industrialized countries had dropped 20% from 1990 levels — five times the Kyoto targets of the remaining nations. The EU cut emissions by 19%, and Germany by 23%. Over the same period, however, global emissions rose by around 38%.