Global warming is worse than terrorism

13.01.2004

13.01.2004


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Change in the Earth's climate caused by global warming is a greater threat to humanity than international terrorism, said a leading scientific adviser to the UK Government, Sir David King.

In an interview published in the Journal of American Scientists, "Science", he stated that the United States failed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and the effects can be very serious.

According to King, if you do not immediately take drastic measures in the near future, the world is swamped with droughts, floods and epidemics of dangerous diseases such as malaria. From these disasters could be affected millions of people.

Thus the scientist said the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is forcing manufacturers to reduce harmful emissions, and relies on market mechanisms to promote awareness and businessmen.

President George W. Bush said that before taking restrictive measures, it is necessary to conduct new studies.

"Global warming can only be addressed together — shoulder to shoulder. We, like the rest of the world, waiting for the United States show their leadership skills"
     David King 
     
But this does not agree with David King. "As the world's only superpower, the United States used to be at the head of various international projects. But while the U.S. government can not adequately solve the problem of global warming," — he said.

Scientists estimate that by 2080, in the UK, the number of potential victims of floods will double to nearly 3.5 million people. But the damage from these natural disasters every year will reach billions of pounds.

Just the UK, according to the scientist, does much to prevent global climate change — is trying to reduce power consumption and increase the share of renewable energy sources.

But the British were responsible for only 2% of global emissions, while the United States, home to just 4% of the world population, emit more than 20% of all emissions.


While the United States has refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, although formally support the aspiration of the international community in 2050 to reduce the amount of harmful emissions up to 60% of the 1990 level.

According to King, America "refuses to support all restorative measures — now or in the future." "Global warming can only be addressed together — shoulder to shoulder. We, like the rest of the world, waiting for the United States show their leadership skills," — adds the scientist.

 

BBC

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