Top UN Climate Scientist Worried by Forests Plan

World Bank senior scientists expressed concerns over US plan to allow credits for use of forests and farmlands as carbon sinks/

Published: 24-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The United Nations' top climate scientist expressed serious concern on Friday about a U.S.-backed plan to use forests to fight global warming, saying it would harm indigenous peoples and the environment.

"Using forests to fight global warming without environment and social safeguards is absolutely unacceptable," Robert Watson, an American who heads the U.N. Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change, told reporters.

"It's a very serious concern," added Watson, who is also the World Bank's senior scientist, speaking on the sidelines of a U.N. conference trying to agree ways of cutting emissions of greenhouse gases implicated in climate change.

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