UK leader urges international agreement on climate-change strategy

Wed, 2007-09-12 10:18Bill Miller
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UK leader urges international agreement on climate-change strategy

Sir David King, head of the UK government's Office of Science and Technology, called for an international accord on climate change while in South Africa to discuss the seriousness of global warming with cabinet ministers, businessmen, academics and students.

Africa is expected to be hardest hit by global warming even though it has emitted less greenhouse gases than other regions because many African countries depend on natural resources, such as agriculture, which are very sensitive to changes in climate.

In Western Cape, which is predicted to get hotter and drier, apple farmers are already struggling with the drier summers the region has begun to experience.

King says a more considered use of the planet's finite resources and economic growth can go hand in hand, but we need to adapt our thinking toward well-being rather than conspicuous consumption.

“This is a crisis we can manage if we get our heads together – but even one large country could wreck it,” he says.

Fracking for natural gas

“We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.”

This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that...

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