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10 July 2013

International students debated global attitudes toward the Kyoto Protocol as part of a climate change forum.

The cohort of Glyndŵr University summer students argued from varying perspectives for different nations, including the United States, China, India and Iraq, as part of an assessment on Energy Systems and Sustainable Environment.

Among the viewpoints they gave were that of a farmer, a city trader, green activists and a politician.

Senior lecturer David Sprake praised the students for engaging in the contest, held at the University’s Wrexham campus.

He said: “With the growing scientific evidence of climate change caused by man-made greenhouse gasses, students from all over Europe studying on the Renewable Energy and Sustainability summer school have been debating the controversial issues surrounding government pledges to cut such emissions.

“The Kyoto Protocol as it is known sets targets for all the world’s nations to reduce such emissions. 

“Student teams were allocated a country and asked to research and defend that country’s chosen position and performance of reducing greenhouse emissions.”

He added: “This is an important exercise as it makes students think of the possible future consequences of ignoring evidence on climate change and balancing the economic, social and political costs of taking action against it.”

The Kyoto Protocol is the United Nations Framework on Climate Change; it is an international treaty which sets obligations on industrialised countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

For more information on energy and sustainability courses at Glyndŵr University, email d.sprake@glyndwr.ac.uk

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