Islands Face Ruin Unless Global Warming Addressed

Island nations call on industrial world to accept moral duty to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Published: 13-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The world's small islands, predicting a grim future of rising seas, hurricanes and typhoons, called on industrialized nations on Monday to accept their moral duty to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

A United Nations conference on global warming heard that many poorer countries were facing financial and environmental ruin because of the excesses of the developed world.

"We are now suffering and expect to suffer in the most direct way the full range of climate impacts -- increased cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and coral bleaching among them," Samoa's U.N. Ambassador, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, said.

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