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The U.S. Senate accepted the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change on October 7, 1992, and President George Bush signed the instrument of ratification a week later, making the U.S. the first developed nation to ratify the convention. (Only Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Marshall Islands had filed ratifications previously.)

At the June Earth Summit, the U.S. announced it would have a national action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions ready by Jan. 1, 1993. As of November, the Administration intended to meet that date, and was planning to bring a draft of the plan to a December meeting of the International Negotiating Committee in Geneva. However, according to Inside EPA (pp. 8-9, Nov. 13, 1992), several major U.S. environmental groups are urging that more time be taken to develop a stronger plan, and actions taken by the Clinton Administration starting in January may supercede any plan being developed at present. (Other sources: Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 676-677, Oct. 21; p. 716, Nov. 4.)

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