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Threat hots up

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Issue 1758

Threat hots up

GLOBAL WARMING is happening faster than experts thought, according to a report by the authoritative IPCC body of international climate scientists last week. Yet George Bush still refuses to back any action against the threat of catastrophic climate change.

Governments from across the world were meeting in Bonn in Germany this week for their latest discussions on the Kyoto climate change treaty.

That treaty was agreed in 1997 and set very modest targets for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases which fuel global warming. But Bush is so close to the giant oil, coal and car corporations he refuses to ratify even that limited action.

Other governments will this week huff and puff about whether to push ahead with the Kyoto deal without the US. But few observers expected any agreement to be reached on this major threat to all our futures.

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