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— about $2 trillion, or a year's worth of economic growth. The most lenient scheme would cost 0.2% of GDP in 2030. Emissions would peak in 55 years, allowing temperatures to rise by as much as 7 degrees. The last U.N. report, released in April, said such warming would be catastrophic, with rising sea levels, flooding and drought affecting billions of people.

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The Bangkok Post: Int'l green group urges Thais to move faster than govt

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

An international green group yesterday called on the Thai people to ''act faster'' than the government to tackle climate change. ''We have to move quicker than the government in combating global warming, which should be done at a small or individual level,'' Stephen Singer, the head of WWF's Climate Change Policy Unit, told yesterday's press conference, held on the sidelines of the meeting of the UN scientists panel on climate change in Bangkok.

''Small steps are very important pieces of the jigsaw to cope with such a pressing problem,'' he said.

WWF yesterday launched a report on 15 ways in which people, businesses and the state sector could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide.

A new campaign in Britain, where people had agreed to unplug mobile phone chargers after use to cut power consumption, and Australia's ''Earth Hour'' campaign, in which citizens and businesses in big cities turned off their lights for an hour, were examples of ''small moves'' that could save the world from climate change, said Mr Singer.

He also lauded the Chinese government's goal of cutting energy consumption by 20% in three years.

Thailand's plan to increase the number of bio-fuel power plants to feed electricity into the country's power grid was another good example, he said.

However, people's small steps were not enough to cope with the climate change problem, according to the WWF.

The group yesterday called on governments around the world to set aside money to mitigate climate change.

The cost of saving the world's climate was worth paying with no reason to object; otherwise, the world community would not be able to survive natural catastrophes caused by rising temperatures, said Hans Verolme, director of WWF's global climate change programme.

''According to the agency's study, only 0.1% of global GDP will be needed to save the world's climate. The amount of money will not even affect people or economic growth,'' he said.

In the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report, up to 30% of plant and animal species in the world will be at risk of extinction with a temperature increase of around two degrees Celsius.

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