Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires

October 30, 2004
Buenos Aires, the coastal capital of Argentina as seen in this Envisat image, is about to host an international conference on progress being made to implement the Kyoto Protocol. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change by setting targets for reduction of greenhouse gases. Following the decision of Russia's State Duma to ratify the Convention the Kyoto Protocol is finally on the verge of entering into force. Buenos Aires is situated on the shores of the wide sediment-heavy River Plate. It forms one of the most dramatic national borders in South America, separating Argentina and Uruguay. Home to 12 million people, the large conurbation of Buenos Aires is seen as a distinct grey area on the southern bank of the River Plate, with the smaller purpose-built provincial capital of La Plata just to its east.

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