26
Jun
2004

FRANCE, BRITAIN IN JOINT WARNING ON DANGER OF CLIMATE CHANGE

AFP

June 24, 2004

PARIS - France and Britain made a joint appeal for action against global warming, declaring that a recent string of extreme weather events had now confirmed climate change was underway.

"The (European) heatwave of summer 2003, repeated floods, the advance of desertification, the melting of the icesheets and glaciers are an illustration of the first effects of climate upheaval," four of their ministers said in a joint commentary, published on Thursday in the French daily le Monde.

Describing global warming as "major collective risk", the two countries called on the world community, led by industrial nations, to hold down emissions of fossil-fuel gases blamed for the rising temperatures.

"Our two governments are firmly committed, with their European partners, to meeting this crucial challenge," they said.

The article was signed for Britain by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Secretary of State for the Environment Margaret Beckett, and for France by Foreign Minister Michel Barnier and Ecology Minister Serge Lepeltier.

The four warned that climate change would have an "uncalculable" cost on health, the environment and national economies and would hit future generations grievously.

The tab "will clearly be higher than the economic cost of measures to tackle the phenomenon," they warned.

On June 4, the secretary of the UN's paramount environment accord warned that levels of greenhouse gases were growing at "an alarmingly rapid" rate.

Joke Waller-Hunter, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), announced in Bonn that US scientists in Hawaii found atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in March to be 379 parts per million (ppm).

That amounts to three ppm increase from 2003, a massive 66-percent increase over the previous year-on-year rise. Two centuries ago, before industrialisation sparked the widespread use of oil, gas and coal, atmospheric CO2 was 280 ppm.

The UNFCCC is the parent treaty of the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to trim output of fossil gases.

Kyoto, signed in 1997, remains in limbo.

The United States, the biggest carbon polluter, has walked away from it and Russia is making contradictary noises about ratifying the accord, a move that would push the deal over a legal threshold and make it an international treaty.

//www.ttc.org/200406241228.i5ocsdf19359.htm



Informant: NHNE
logo

Omega-News

User Status

Du bist nicht angemeldet.

Suche

 

Archiv

Juni 2004
Mo
Di
Mi
Do
Fr
Sa
So
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aktuelle Beiträge

Wenn das Telefon krank...
//groups.google.com/g roup/mobilfunk_newsletter/ t/6f73cb93cafc5207   htt p://omega.twoday.net/searc h?q=elektromagnetische+Str ahlen //omega.twoday. net/search?q=Strahlenschut z //omega.twoday.net/ search?q=elektrosensibel h ttp://omega.twoday.net/sea rch?q=Funkloch //omeg a.twoday.net/search?q=Alzh eimer //freepage.twod ay.net/search?q=Alzheimer //omega.twoday.net/se arch?q=Joachim+Mutter
Starmail - 8. Apr, 08:39
Familie Lange aus Bonn...
//twitter.com/WILABon n/status/97313783480574361 6
Starmail - 15. Mär, 14:10
Dänische Studie findet...
//omega.twoday.net/st ories/3035537/ -------- HLV...
Starmail - 12. Mär, 22:48
Schwere Menschenrechtsverletzungen ...
Bitte schenken Sie uns Beachtung: Interessengemeinschaft...
Starmail - 12. Mär, 22:01
Effects of cellular phone...
//www.buergerwelle.de /pdf/effects_of_cellular_p hone_emissions_on_sperm_mo tility_in_rats.htm [...
Starmail - 27. Nov, 11:08

Status

Online seit 6441 Tagen
Zuletzt aktualisiert: 8. Apr, 08:39

Credits