Scientists lose their cool at climate talks

Pro and anti-Kyoto voices clamour for attention at Moscow world climate change conference

A press briefing held on Thursday at the Moscow climate change conference descended into a slanging match between supporters and critics of the UN Kyoto protocol on climate change. The conference is supposed to be focusing on scientific rather than political issues. The incident underlines the political tensions that are nevertheless hanging over it.

Opponents of the Kyoto protocol used the press briefing to speak out against the protocol. Journalists responded by attacking the event's chairman, top Russian academic Yuri Izrael, accusing him of planting presentations by Kyoto-sceptics in the main conference programme.

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