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Global Warming - Frightening Report
22 January, international scientists produced a frightening 1,000-page report on
warming. The 1990s were the warmest ten years for 1,000 years, they say.
Temperatures will go up even more quickly in the next 100 years. The sea will be
88 centimetres higher than it is now. Millions of people in China, Bangladesh,
Egypt and other places will lose their homes in terrible floods.
Why is this happening? And what can we do to stop it?
people agree that carbon
dioxide in the air is the biggest problem. It is produced when we burn gas
and oil. In November 2000, 160 countries met in The Hague to discuss this
problem, but nothing was decided. Europe and China want to produce less carbon
dioxide. The USA, Australia, Canada, Russia and Japan disagree. They think that
we should just plant more trees. 'More trees will cool the world,' they say.
people don't believe that there is a problem at all. International oil companies
are paying scientists lots of money to prove that global warming doesn't exist.
Their money has also helped an oil man to become the President of the USA.
George W Bush worked in the oil industry for many years, 'I don't think global
warming is a problem,' he says.
there any hope for the future? Some people think that solar
and wind energy is the answer. Germany already has 100,000 solar roofs. The USA
has plans for 1 million. But there are some problems – like carbon dioxide –
that countries cannot solve alone. Let's hope that at the next meeting,
governments will stop fighting and start working together. If they don't do
something now, what kind of world will there be for our grandchildren?
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carbon dioxide: karbon dioksida
drought: musim kering
solar energy: energi matahari