Climate Row: Amazon 'Sink' or Lungs of the Planet?

Environmental protest carbon sink proposals as attempt to dump global warming on poor countries.

Published: 16-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Environmentalists lashed out at the United States on Thursday for what they allege is a cynical scheme to turn the Amazon and other primal forests into "carbon sinks" to soak up greenhouse gases.

They said the proposal was a blatant attempt to dump the problem of global warming onto the world's poor countries and get out of making costly cuts in energy consumption at home.

The United States, Japan, Canada and Australia all want to use wilderness areas such as the Amazon, whose trees consume carbon dioxide, to offset their own carbon dioxide emissions by literally paying for the beneficial effects.

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