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[greenyes] Climate Disruption - G8 Science Academies Urge Action


G8 scientists tell Bush: Act now - or else...
An unprecedented warning as global warming worsens
By Steve Connor, Science Editor

An unprecedented joint statement issued by the leading scientific academies
of the world has called on the G8 governments to take urgent action to avert
a global catastrophe caused by climate change.
The national academies of science for all the G8 countries, along with those
of Brazil, India and China, have warned that governments must no longer
procrastinate on what is widely seen as the greatest danger facing humanity.
The statement, which has taken months to finalise, is all the more important
as it is signed by Bruce Alberts, president of the US National Academy of
Sciences, which has warned George Bush about the dangers of ignoring the
threat posed by global warming.

It was released on the day that Tony Blair met Mr Bush in Washington, where
the American President was expected to reaffirm his opposition to joining
the Kyoto treat to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Over dinner at the White
House last night, Mr Blair appeared to make little progress on one of his
main priorities for Britain's year chairing the G8 - a new international
effort to combat climate change. The Prime Minister is trying to draw the
US, China and India into the discussion, but there is little sign that the
Bush administration will accept the growing scientific evidence about the





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