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Osama bin Laden has warned of the dangers of climate change.
The Al Qaeda leader spoke in a new audiotape aired in part on Al Jazeera television today.
In the tape, bin Laden warns of the threat presented by global warming – but he also offered a solution.
‘Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality,’ he said.
‘All of the industrialised countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.’
He added that while wealthy nations had agreed to the Kyoto Protocol that binds them to emission targets, former U.S. President George W Bush had later rejected such limitations before Congress in deference to big business.
The United States never ratified the existing Kyoto Protocol, whose present commitments expire in 2012, and has said it will not sign up to an extended Kyoto Protocol, preferring a new agreement.