Panel: Irreversible Crises Loom with Global Warming

Task force co-chair sees U.S. cooperation vital in tackling climate change.

Published: 27-Jan-2005

ON, BRITAIN -- Global warming is approaching the point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea levels will be irreversible, an international climate-change task force warns.

It called Monday on the Group of 8 leading industrial nations to cut carbon emissions, double their research spending on technology and work with India and China to build on the Kyoto Protocol for cuttings emissions of "greenhouse gases."

The independent report was created by the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain, the Center for American Progress in the United States, and the Australia Institute.

Stephen Byers, co-chairman of the task force, said it is vital that U.S. cooperation in tackling climate change is secured. President Bush has rejected the Kyoto accord, arguing that the carbon emission cuts it demands would damage the U.S. economy.

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