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Time for action on climate change says WWF

3 February 2005

An international conference has established the science, the threats and the potential impacts of climate change, now we need the action, WWF has urged.

Scientists from all over the world gathered in Exeter this week to discuss climate change at the government-organised Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: A Scientific Symposium on Stabilisation of Greenhouse Gases.

“We have the science, the threats and the impacts of climate change, now we need the action,” said Dr Catarina Cardoso, head of climate change at WWF-UK.

“The government needs to take serious and credible action to tackle the problem of global warming head on – starting with the biggest polluter, the power sector.”

WWF is urging the government to commit to keeping the global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees C – the crucial tipping for the environment, which would have devastating impacts for people and wildlife around the world.

“To stay below the 2 degrees C threshold we need to drastically cut global emissions of greenhouse gases - and the UK has an important role to play in bringing the rest of the world on board, but we must tackle our own emissions first.” added Dr Cardoso.

“This generation of politicians is the last generation who have it in their power to secure the future of our planet, to safeguard the health and livelihoods of millions of people and the habitats that sustain their lives. History will not forgive them if they fail to act.”

Editor's Notes:

WWF is now known simply by its initials and the panda logo.

For further information please contact:

Alison Sutton
Deputy Head of Press & Media Relations
Phone: 01483 412388
Mobile:07747 455256
E-mail: asutton@wwf.org.uk