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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.

''Taking action brings real savings and other benefits to consumers and businesses while preventing dangerous climate change,'' said the activist.

Mr Verolme also urged the public to keep a close watch on the IPCC's report on climate change mitigation measures, which will be launched today, saying that it might contain unreasonable ones.

Among these was the price scheme of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which might prevent investors from joining the scheme.

The CDM is a pact designed to help industrialised countries reach their targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by investing in clean technology in developing countries in exchange for carbon credits.

Around 400 scientists and government officials from 120 countries are taking part in a four-day meeting in Bangkok to consider a draft report for policymakers on mitigating climate change.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/04May2007_news04.php

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The Yomiuri Shimbun : Forum looks beyond Kyoto Protocol / Both developed and developing countries must take measures to tackle global warming

Tokyo University Prof. Ryuji Matsuhashi focused on the history and the current situation surrounding global warming and climate change in considering a potential framework for the post-Kyoto Protocol period in a keynote speech at the recently held "Kyoto Protocol Forum--Efforts to curb global warming."

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