The Kyoto Protocol treaty was adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The protocol was an agreement between member countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in coming years. The United States was the only industrialized country in the world that refused to ratify the protocol, though it remained a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 established the National Park Service as part of the Department of the Interior. The new agency was charged with promoting and regulating the use of national parks, monuments, and reservations and preserving them “for the enjoyment of future generations.”