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U.S. called on to be more responsible

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for the United States and China to take a more conservative role during his U.N. report on climate changes in Valencia.

The U.S. and China are the worlds two largest greenhouse gas producing countries and this request will not come easily. However, members of the panel claim efforts must be made immediately to start cutting greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid a global disaster.

If the average temperature were to rise just 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 20 to 30 percent of all plant and animal species would be at risk of extinction. Increase the number to 6.3 degrees and 40 to 70 percent could be wiped out.

With the U.S. and China both major players in global politics they are looked to to set a good example for smaller, less powerful countries. For the good of the world both of these countries are being told exercise more caution with their greenhouse gas emissions. I hope they listen.

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