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RSPB takes on Hollywood

Wednesday 19 May 2004

BRITAIN'S biggest wildlife organisation, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, has taken the highly unusual step of issuing a press release both criticising and praising a block-buster Hollywood film.

The disaster movie, called The Day After Tomorrow, purports to show what would happen to the world if global warming ruins our climate but, says the society, "science has taken a back seat to action and adventure."

It concentrates, naturally enough, on how humans would react to the disaster but the society points out that wildlife would suffer even more.

John Lanchbery, Head of Climate Change Policy, commented: "Climate change could be calamitous for wildlife because habitats are being destroyed, leaving thousands of species facing oblivion."

But he added: "It is dead right in its two big messages, though. First, we are already affecting the climate system and can expect some very nasty surprises as a result.

"Second, the US administration is doing next to nothing to tackle climate change and will bear a heavy responsibility for the consequences of its inaction."

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