Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Doomsday warning on greenhouse: "Scorching summers, worsening droughts and severe storms, cyclones and bushfires are set to grip Australia within 30 years. Average yearly temperatures are projected to rise by as much as 2C across the nation by 2030, and 6C by 2070, according to an Australian Greenhouse Office report into global warming - triggering more natural disasters and crippling water shortages... Australia has joined the US and Russia in refusing to ratify the [Kyoto] treaty, which would force signatories to slash their emissions of greenhouse gases, on the grounds it is not in Australia's interests. Many scientists concur that global warming is caused by a build-up of gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, like a gardener's greenhouse. The main culprit is carbon dioxide, which comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas for transport and electricity, and from cutting down the forests that naturally absorb the gas."

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