British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the world community must immediately take action to combat global warming — otherwise it will face “catastrophic consequences”. The Prime Minister considers the issue of greenhouse gases urgent, which he stated in dramatic tones. According to Tony Blair, the consequences of global warming are so serious that they can threaten the very existence of humanity.
“The release of greenhouse gases that accompany industrialization and the growth of the world’s population by 6 times over the past 200 years leads to global warming, which is growing at an alarming rate and may get out of control in the future. We are not talking about centuries, but about the life of the next and perhaps even the current generation,” the British Prime Minister said. “Investments, which are made today, will pay for themselves hundreds of times in the future — not only from the point of view of the environment, but also from the point of view of the economy” — he added. Tony Blair acknowledged that this is a complex domestic and international political issue. However, he said he would use Britain’s G8 presidency next year to convince other countries of the seriousness of the issue. The concern of European leaders is well-founded. Just over a year ago, the world wildlife Fund (WWF) published a report entitled “Europe under the onslaught of heat — extreme temperatures and energy industries”. The study analyzed the summer temperatures of 16 cities in the European Union. According to the report, the largest increase in summer air temperature was recorded in London — the British capital has warmed by 2 degrees Celsius over the past 30 years.