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INTERVIEW-Global warming demands global effort - Brazil  Mike Johnston
 Feb 05, 2007 20:10 PST 
Sun 4 Feb 2007 12:09 PM ET By Maria Pia PalermoRIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 4
(Reuters) - To avert the catastrophic effects of continued global
warming, such as desertification of the Amazon rainforest, all
countries both rich and poor must do a part, Brazilian Environment
Minister Marina Silva said.The United Nation's panel on climate change
released its latest report on Friday strengthening its view that rising
temperatures on Earth in the past 50 years are very likely, or 90
percent probable, the result of humans.With the rise in average global
temperatures come rising sea levels, more devastating hurricanes and
flooding as well as the expansion of deserts and droughts, the report
said.Brazil's Amazon forest, the largest rainforest that has been
called the lungs of the world, could face more and stronger droughts,
which has in the past coincided with higher rates of
deforestation."Humanity should make every effort to prevent this, not
only in the Amazon forest but in all of the planet's forests that are
threatened," Silva, the daughter of former rubber tappers, told Reuters
in a telephone interview on Friday night.Forty-six nations called for
the creation of a more powerful U.N. environment agency on Saturday,
saying the survival of humanity was at risk, but the United States,
China and Russia did not sign up.

Posted By Mike Johnston to H2OPower at 2/04/2007 03:32:00 PM
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