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U.N. to look at climate change threats

The UN Security Council put climate change on its agenda for the first time, warning global warming could be a catalyst for new conflict around the world.

U.N. to look at climate change threats

The UN Security Councilput climate change on its agenda for the first time, warning global warmingcould be a catalyst for new conflict around the world.

The council said it would hold a high-level meeting later this month on howchanging weather patterns could threaten international security.

"The traditional triggers for conflict which exist out there are likelyto be exacerbated by the effect of climate change," Britain's U.N.Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, the council president, said Wednesday.

British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will chair the April 17 meetingand has invited the 14 other council nations to be represented at ministeriallevel, Jones Parry said. No statement or resolution is expected from themeeting, the council's first on the subject,

Last month, an international panel of scientists presented the UnitedNationswith a sweeping, detailed plan to combat climate change, warning that failurewould produce a turbulent 21st century of weather extremes, spreading droughtand disease, expanding oceans and displaced coastal populations.

Diplomats are meeting with scientists this week in Brussels to endorse the study, which willguide policymakers for decades to come.

The report was issued just three weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change, an authoritative U.N. network of 2,000 scientists, reportedthat global warming is being caused largely by the accumulation of carbon dioxideand other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, mostly from man's burning ofcoal, oil and other fossil fuels.

Jones Parry said he expects a summit on climate change next year, likely inSeptember 2008.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has not committed to a summit, but he has saidhe would discuss how best to confront the climate change problem with worldleaders at a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries in June.

 

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