Conservationists say it is nearly too late for some natural wonders

15 April 2007 | 12:17 Code : 13336 Geoscience events
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While governments grapple with the politics of global warming, some of the world's....
While governments grapple with the politics of global warming, some of the world's greatest treasures already are being damaged and threatened with destruction.Conservationists have drawn up priorities for action to salvage some of nature's wonders that are feeling the heat of climate change — from the Himalayan glaciers to the Amazon rain forests and the unique ecosystem of the Mexican desert.Many of the regions at risk were singled out in a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an authoritative body of 2,500 scientists. The report is undergoing governmental review at a five-day conference in Brussels.On Thursday, diplomats and scientists were negotiating the text of a 21-page summary of the full 1,572-page scientific report. It projects specific consequences for each degree of rising global temperatures, which the IPCC agrees is largely caused by human activity.On the sidelines of the conference, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature issued a list of 10 regions suffering irreversible damage from climate change, and where it has projects to limit further damage or help people adapt to new conditions

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