Czechs bid to repair climate reputation

Environment minister in diplomatic mission to win back security council support after Klaus's sceptical speech

Czech environment minister Martin Bursík will canvass the UN next week in an effort to win back support for the country's bid to join the organisation's security council. According to news agency CTK the Czech Republic has lost ground to rival Croatia after some Pacific ocean island states switched support in the wake of highly sceptical speeches on climate change by president Vaclav Klaus at the UN's recent debate on the issue (EED 25/09/07). Mr Klaus said the impact of global warming had been "practically negligible". See CTK report and Klaus speech one and two.

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