by Steve Connor
Tony Blair's chief scientist has launched a withering attack on President
George Bush for failing to tackle climate change, which he says is more
serious than terrorism.
Sir David King, the Government's chief scientific adviser, says in an
article today in the journal Science that America, the world's greatest
polluter, must take the threat of global warming more seriously.
"In my view, climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing
today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism," Sir David says.
The Bush administration was wrong to pull out of the Kyoto protocol, the
international effort to limit the emission of greenhouse gases, and wrong to
imply the protocol could adversely affect the US economy, Sir David says.
. . .
Sir David says the Bush administration is wrong to dispute the reality of
global warming. The 10 hottest years on record started in 1991 and,
worldwide, average temperatures had risen by 0.6C in the past century.
Sea levels were rising, ice caps were melting and flooding had become more
frequent. The Thames barrier was used about once a year in the 1980s to
protect London but now it was used more than six times a year.
Steve Connor, "Revealed: how global warming will cause extinction of a million
species," Independent, January 8, 2004
Charley Reese, "Threat
of Terrorism," Columnist, January 20, 2004