KYOTO SUMMIT A FARCE: GREENPEACE

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SUVA, Fiji (December 12, 1997 - PACNEWS)--- The international environmental organization, Greenpeace, has labeled the results of the Kyoto, Japan climate summit a tragedy and a farce, The Fiji Times reports

Australia has been allowed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent despite Pacific island delegates pressuring for firmer action.

Greenpeace International's Bill Hare said the agreement provides absolutely no protection from the increasing environmental and economic damages that the burning of coal and oil will continue to unleash on the world. He said ministers who signed the deal should know that they will need to meet again in the near future "to get it right."

Greenpeace Pacific's Tamsin Vuetilovoni said the news was disappointing for Australia's low-lying Pacific Ocean neighbors, who face the potential of flooding from sea-level rise as a result of the continued warming of the earth.

Most countries in the Pacific Islands region sought a reduction of 20 per cent of 1990 greenhouse gases emission levels by the year 2006.

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