UN Security Council launches landmark debate on global warming

Tue, 2007-04-17 11:10Bill Miller
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UN Security Council launches landmark debate on global warming

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told members global warming could present a danger for peace and security in the world. Regions will have to overcome challenges on many fronts, Ban said, and nations must work together to bring climate change under control.

The British government, a strong supporter of limits on greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, called for the discussions, which were opened by British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett at UN headquarters in New York.

Britain's UN Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said discussion would focus on global warming's expected impacts on populations around the world.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has projected melting polar caps, rising sea levels, storms, water shortages and diminished crop production over the coming century unless global warming is brought under control. The rising temperatures are blamed on increased carbon emissions produced by humans.

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Problems caused by climate change are likely already dangerous and global warming may be irreversible, according to a draft science report by a United Nations committee.

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) report, leaked earlier this week to a number of major media organizations, said continued greenhouse gas emissions caused primarily by burning oil, coal and natural gas will probably increase the likelihood of  “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

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