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Clinton in global-warming alert

THE world can fight global warming in a way that makes sense financially, and the battle can even help countries overcome the current economic crisis, former United States President Bill Clinton said yesterday.

Clinton stressed during an international climate change summit that it was possible for economies to grow while cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.

"We know that if we don't reduce greenhouse gases by somewhere in the range of 80 percent by 2050, bad things are going to happen," Clinton said in a keynote speech at the third C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, held this year in Seoul.

Organizers say cities bear significant responsibility for addressing climate change because they cover less than 2 percent of the Earth's surface but are overwhelmingly responsible for polluting it, generating 80 percent of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Global warming could lead to a drop in food production and access to water, creating new dangers to public health, Clinton warned. "It is absolutely certain if we let the worst happen, then the consequences will be so severe that we won't be able to save the planet for our grandchildren."

The former US president, who runs the Clinton Climate Initiative program, joined leaders from 70 cities around the world for the three-day summit.


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