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Photo: The sun sets over a hazy and polluted Beijing. China's state-run media has played down fresh warnings on climate change issued by a UN scientific panel, with centrally-controlled television news ignoring the issue altogether

Feb 03, 2007
BEIJING (AFP) - China's state-run media has played down fresh warnings on climate change issued by a UN scientific panel, while Australia's Prime Minister John Howard said the report bolstered the case for using nuclear energy as an alternative fuel source.
China Central Television in its Friday night and Saturday news broadcasts failed to mention the report by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) that called for international action to slow down global warming.
The Communist Party's leading People's Daily ran a three paragraph factual on the report at the bottom of page three in its Saturday edition.
Other state-run papers ran Xinhua news agency articles on the climate report on inside pages, while only the Beijing News carried a story on the negative effects that climate change could bring to China, including extended drought in the north and worse flooding in the south.
No Chinese language report was seen on China's growing impact on global warming due to its world-leading coal use and its booming automobile industry.


SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian government has dismissed a UN report blaming human activities for global warming as "nothing new" and defended its climate change polices from attacks by top scientists.

PARIS: Fresh warnings about climate change issued by a UN scientific panel here yesterday place the onus for action on the United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, analysts say.Decisive action is also sought from India and Brazil, two other major consumers of oil, gas and coal.
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