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Snow Says Bush Cares About Environment

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.
by Staff Writers
UPI Correspondent
Washington (UPI) Jan 04, 2007
The Bush administration cares about the environment, but wants to find ways to clean it without harming the economy, the White House said Thursday. "The President does care about the environment, has been active and aggressive on it, and has been talking with European allies about such things as clean coal technology, about renewable fuels, biofuels," Press Secretary Tony Snow said during a news briefing.

Through innovation and market forces, "we will encourage every development we possibly can," Snow said, adding that incentives are available for businesses to act in a green manner.

Regarding the Kyoto Protocol on emissions reduction, Snow said the administration saw as a weakness the absence of "key consumers of carbon products." As a result, progress made in one area of the world may be undermined by development elsewhere.

Snow said the United States is aggressive in addressing emission problems outlined in the protocol. Only Australia and the United States have not signed the Kyoto Protocol.

With more reports being issued about global warming occurring quicker than initially though, many scientists now say the protocol isn't tough enough and the timetable for benchmarks should be shortened.

Source: United Press International

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Record Temperatures Across Himalayans Spark Climate Change Fears
Beijing (AFP) Jan 07, 2007
Temperatures in rugged Tibet have hit record highs in recent days, China's state press said Sunday, as a scientific survey warned of the impact of global warming in the Himalayan region. Friday's temperature in the Qamdo area of eastern Tibet was 21.8 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.7 degrees higher than the previous record set for the same day in 1996, Xinhua news agency reported.

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