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From: Savitha Pathi <savithaatXYZxyz.org>
Subject: Nature Group Issues Climate Warning
> Copyright 1999 Associated Press
> AP Online
> October 19, 1999; Tuesday 11:47 Eastern Time
>SECTION: International news
>LENGTH: 441 words
>HEADLINE: Nature Group Issues Climate Warning
> Cities including New York and Tokyo may face flooding; large swathes of
> Latin America will suffer from drought and Australia's Great Barrier Reef
> destroyed unless more is done to stop global warming, the World Wildlife
> for Nature warned Tuesday.
> The environmental group urged governments meeting in Germany next week to
> honor earlier pledges to cut emissions of carbon dioxide one of the main
> greenhouse gases by implementing tough energy-saving policies.
> ''Evidence for the warming of our planet over the last 200 years is now
> overwhelming,'' said a WWF statement. ''With no action to curb
> climate on earth over the next century could become warmer than any the
> species has lived through.''
> It said China's Giant Panda and the Arctic polar bear were among the
> at risk of extinction from global warming.
> WWF commissioned the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of
> Anglia to conduct research into various climate change scenarios over the
> few decades.
> It projected that sea levels would rise between three-quarters of an
> four inches per decade. This would threaten low-lying U.S. coastal cities
> as New York, Boston, Baltimore and Miami with flooding. The Japanese
> Tokyo and Osaka among others would also be at risk, it said.
> Large areas of the Amazon would become more susceptible to forest fires.
> Drought would also likely affect Argentina, southern Mexico and Central
> Rising sea temperatures by 2010 threatened the very survival of the
> Great Barrier Reef.
> Scientists generally agree that temperatures are rising with 1998
> warmest year on record. But there is no consensus on how much man is to
> ''Although the precise contribution of human activities to global warming
> cannot yet be stated with confidence, it is clear the planet would not be
> warming as rapidly if humans were not currently emitting about 6.8
> of carbon into the atmosphere each year,'' said the WWF report.
> Under a 1997 agreement reached in the Japanese city of Kyoto,
> nations agreed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by five percent
> 2008 and 2012.
> Representatives from 150 countries meet later this month in Bonn to
> ways of implementing the Kyoto deal prior to a November 2000 meeting in the
> While President Clinton signed the Kyoto agreement, he has not sought its
> ratification because of widespread opposition in the Senate. Critics say it
> cost too much to implement while developing countries will be allowed to
> greenhouse emissions grow.
>LOAD-DATE: October 19, 1999
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