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Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Anger as US abandons climate treaty
The greenhouse gases emitted by power stations are thought to be one of the main culprits of global warming
US President George W Bush encounters international criticism after he announces that the US will not implement the Kyoto Protocol which aimed to limit global climate change.

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EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom in Washington DC
EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom
EU delegation fails to move Bush

An EU delegation in Washington to try to rescue the agreement meets with a cool response from the Bush administration. The BBC's Stephen Sackur reports.

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President Bush says the US economy comes first
President Bush says the US economy comes first

Bush abandons agreement

The US produces a quarter of the carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming, but President Bush says the Kyoto agreement would damage the US economy.

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 Click here to listen to presidential adviser Myron Ebell who says people all over the world should be grateful for Presdient Bush's bold decision


Climate change may have devastating effects on the global environment
Climate change may increase incidences of droughts
International reaction

The US encounters a hail of criticism from Europe, Japan and developing nations such as China, but some countries including Australia and Canada express sympathy for President Bush's decision.

 Click here to listen to the EU's Environment Commissioner Margaret Wallstrom who says the US must not abandon its international responsibilities

 Click here to listen to the BBC's Red Harrison in Australia where the government says it supports President Bush and may not ratify the agreement


It is thought that global warming will lead to the melting of polar ice caps
Man's activity may be responsible for the melting of ice caps
Analysis

With weather extremes, such as floods and droughts, being blamed on global warming, BBC News Online's environment correspondent Alex Kirby reports on the science of climate change.

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