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. Gore optimistic for new climate deal in Copenhagen

by Staff Writers
London (AFP) March 14, 2009
Former US vice president Al Gore said Saturday he was optimistic that a global deal to combat climate change would be agreed at a summit in December.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Nobel Prize winner said he thought the world had reached a "political tipping point" and would reach agreement when negotiators convene in Copenhagen in December to hammer out a treaty.

"There is a very impressive consensus now emerging around the world that the solutions to the economic crisis are also the solutions to the climate crisis," Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his campaign against global warming and an Oscar for his green documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," said.

"I actually think we will get an agreement at Copenhagen."

Gore added that the election of US President Barack Obama was one of the "main factors" for his hope an agreement would be reached, adding that a change in perception among business leaders was also crucial.

"They're (business leaders) seeing the writing on every wall they look at," he said.

"They're seeing the complete disappearance of the polar ice caps right before their eyes in just a few years."

He added: "They're seeing the new US administration. They're seeing (British Prime Minister) Gordon Brown and (main opposition leader) David Cameron both advocating dramatic changes here in the UK."

A conclave of scientists meeting in Copenhagen earlier this week warned the impact of global warming was accelerating beyond a forecast made by UN experts two years ago.

In March 2007, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that global warming, if unchecked, would lead to a devastating amalgam of floods, drought, disease and extreme weather by the century end.

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