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New Climate Change Report To Congress Should Spur Action

Statement by Katherine Silverthorne, Director of World Wildlife Fund's U.S. Climate Change program

Washington - "The Bush Administration's long over-due admission, in a new report to Congress, that global warming both exists and poses risks to people and the environment is a welcome step in the right direction. But belated recognition of a long-established scientific consensus on human-caused warming only helps if it leads to solutions."

"The new report - "Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005" - highlights the profound influence that climate change can have on social and natural environments throughout the world, and on industry and natural resources. What is still lacking, however, is an admission by the Administration that the real danger to our society and economy is inaction on climate change."

"If we act now, we still have time to implement cost-effective solutions to this global threat. These include placing limits on heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions and accelerating the transition to existing energy efficient technologies and renewable, non-polluting sources of energy."

Known in the United States as World Wildlife Fund and recognized worldwide by its panda logo, WWF leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats and to conserve the diversity of life on Earth. Now in its fifth decade, WWF, the global conservation organization, works in more than 100 countries around the world.