英国首相警告气候变化“灾难性”后果
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The UK faces a "catastrophe1" of floods, droughts and killer2 heatwaves if world leaders fail to agree a deal on climate change, the prime minister will warn.

英国首相警告道,如果世界首领就气候变化问题不能大成一致协议的话,英国将面临“灾难性的”洪水、干旱和热浪。

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Mr Brown will urge leaders to break their "impasse"

Gordon Brown is to address the Major Economies Forum4 in London, which brings together 17 of the world's biggest greenhouse gas-emitting countries.

Mr Brown will say there will be "no plan B" if agreement is not reached at December's UN summit in Copenhagen.

Negotiators have 50 days to save the world from global warming, he will add.

'Rising wave'

The Copenhagen summit in December is intended produce a new global climate change deal to replace the ageing Kyoto treaty.

But BBC deputy political editor James Landale said that not everything was going to plan.

At the meeting in London, the prime minister will warn that preparatory talks within the United Nations have reached an impasse(僵局,死路).

Negotiators, he will say, are not reaching agreement quickly enough.

"In Britain we face the prospect5 of more frequent droughts and a rising wave of floods," Mr Brown is expected to tell delegates.

"The extraordinary summer heatwave of 2003 in Europe resulted in over 35,000 extra deaths.

"On current trends, such an event could become quite routine in Britain in just a few decades' time. And within the lifetime of our children and grandchildren the intense temperatures of 2003 could become the average temperature experienced throughout much of Europe."

Grim warning

If a deal is not agreed, the world will face more conflict fuelled by climate-induced migration6, Mr Brown will add.

He will tell the meeting that by 2080 an extra 1.8 billion people - a quarter of the world's current population - could lack sufficient water.

Mr Brown will say: "If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions7 growth is done, no retrospective(回顾的,怀旧的) global agreement, in some future period, can undo8 that choice.

"So we should never allow ourselves to lose sight of the catastrophe we face if present warming trends continue."

Agreement at Copenhagen "is possible", he will conclude.

Commitments unlikely

"But we must frankly9 face the plain fact that our negotiators are not getting to agreement quickly enough. So I believe that leaders must engage directly to break the impasse."

In recent days there have been a number of warnings that progress is stalling(失速,停转), with Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, telling Newsweek magazine that "the prospects10 that states will actually agree to anything in Copenhagen are starting to look worse and worse".

MEF is not part of the formal UN process and so firm commitments are unlikely to come from the meeting.

It is seen instead as a forum where countries can explore options and positions in a less pressured environment.



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1 catastrophe WXHzr     
n.大灾难,大祸
参考例句:
  • I owe it to you that I survived the catastrophe.亏得你我才大难不死。
  • This is a catastrophe beyond human control.这是一场人类无法控制的灾难。
2 killer rpLziK     
n.杀人者,杀人犯,杀手,屠杀者
参考例句:
  • Heart attacks have become Britain's No.1 killer disease.心脏病已成为英国的头号致命疾病。
  • The bulk of the evidence points to him as her killer.大量证据证明是他杀死她的。
3 impasse xcJz1     
n.僵局;死路
参考例句:
  • The government had reached an impasse.政府陷入绝境。
  • Negotiations seemed to have reached an impasse.谈判似乎已经陷入僵局。
4 forum cilx0     
n.论坛,讨论会
参考例句:
  • They're holding a forum on new ways of teaching history.他们正在举行历史教学讨论会。
  • The organisation would provide a forum where problems could be discussed.这个组织将提供一个可以讨论问题的平台。
5 prospect P01zn     
n.前景,前途;景色,视野
参考例句:
  • This state of things holds out a cheerful prospect.事态呈现出可喜的前景。
  • The prospect became more evident.前景变得更加明朗了。
6 migration mDpxj     
n.迁移,移居,(鸟类等的)迁徙
参考例句:
  • Swallows begin their migration south in autumn.燕子在秋季开始向南方迁移。
  • He described the vernal migration of birds in detail.他详细地描述了鸟的春季移居。
7 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
参考例句:
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
8 undo Ok5wj     
vt.解开,松开;取消,撤销
参考例句:
  • His pride will undo him some day.他的傲慢总有一天会毁了他。
  • I managed secretly to undo a corner of the parcel.我悄悄地设法解开了包裹的一角。
9 frankly fsXzcf     
adv.坦白地,直率地;坦率地说
参考例句:
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
10 prospects fkVzpY     
n.希望,前途(恒为复数)
参考例句:
  • There is a mood of pessimism in the company about future job prospects. 公司中有一种对工作前景悲观的情绪。
  • They are less sanguine about the company's long-term prospects. 他们对公司的远景不那么乐观。
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