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Clinton Warns of Global Warming Dangers

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  • Mike Neuman
    Clinton Warns of Global Warming Dangers 07/19/05 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Former President Clinton sounded a warning Tuesday against the dangers of
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      Clinton Warns of Global Warming Dangers
      07/19/05

      JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Former President Clinton sounded a
      warning Tuesday against the dangers of climate change as he met with
      young South Africans, and had lunch with anti-apartheid icon Nelson
      Mandela.

      Clinton was mobbed at a youth event hosted by the Nelson Mandela
      Foundation in Johannesburg. Young volunteers and their suited
      sponsors crowded around Clinton to take photographs and asked for
      autographs.

      ``Not very far from you in the South Pole in the last 10 years, 12
      chunks of ice the size of Rhode Island have broken off,'' Clinton
      told the volunteers with City Year South Africa, a youth service
      organization he helped inspire.

      ``If this continues for another couple of decades, part of South
      Africa will be under water, and we will lose 50 feet of Manhattan
      Island in New York.''

      Clinton's comments contrast with the position of his successor,
      President Bush, who has questioned the existence of global warming.
      Bush rejects U.S. participation in the Kyoto protocol negotiated by
      Clinton's administration, arguing its caps on greenhouse gas
      emissions would damage the U.S. economy.

      Clinton is on a six-nation Africa tour to check on projects funded by
      his foundation in the battle against AIDS. He arrived in South Africa
      late Monday after stops in Lesotho and Mozambique, two nations hard-
      hit by the pandemic ravaging the continent.

      Clinton urged the young to set aside differences and remember their
      ``common humanity.''

      ``Most of the headlines today are full of sad stories - September 11,
      2001, the horrible day in London a couple of days ago, when people
      die of suicide attacks in the Middle East,'' Clinton said. ``In every
      case where there is a human-caused tragedy, it is because the people
      involved thought their differences were more important than their
      common humanity.''

      Clinton had lunch with Mandela and was later scheduled to attend an
      annual lecture in honor of the aging icon's 87th birthday.

      The lecture will be delivered by Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel
      Laureate Wangari Maathai. Also attending this year's event will be
      former Anglican Archbishop Tutu, who like Clinton delivered a
      previous lecture.

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