4 November 2004


A coalition of aid and environmental groups has recently issued a renewed call for rich countries to do more to control global warming and help poorer nations cope with the effects of climate change.

Severe weather such as the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean or flooding in Bangladesh is likely to become more frequent as a result of global warming, the coalition said in a report released in London. Climate change also causes damage in more gradual ways, for example by creating longer droughts that harm subsistence farmers.

The call comes at the same time as scientists have expressed concern about the dramatic and unexpected rise in carbon dioxide levels reported last month.

The report urged industrialized countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond the levels recommended in the Kyoto protocol (which Australia has still refused to sign) and to invest further in renewable energy sources. The report can be viewed at the Worldnews website.

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