Tsunami now, climate change tomorrow, warn church officials

"A clear warning"
The killer tsunami that devastated islands and shorelines on the Indian Ocean within hours last month ought to alert political leaders to the perils of what some scientists call a much slower but earth-circling climate change, say two international church executives.

“This was a clear warning on what climate change could do to the world,” said Sam Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. The Geneva-based Methodist minister from Kenya reiterated the feeling of ecumenical leaders that powerful nations that have not signed the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions should do so.

The Kyoto accord requires developed countries to reduce their output of heat-trapping gases produced by industry, cars and power plants. Countries such as China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United States have not signed the treaty, fearing it could damage economic growth.


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