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Yearbook 1997

Maldives. According to Countryaah, Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom appeared at the United Nations Environment Conference in New York in June. He claimed that time was running out for the small island nations and therefore urged the industrialized countries to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases. He warned that rising sea levels would otherwise drown several of the islands, including the Maldives, in the relatively near future. He referred to calculations that showed that sea level as a result of global warming will rise by between 30 and 100 cm by the year 2100 which, according to Gayoom, would drown up to 80% of the Maldives.

1997 Maldives

In October, Gayoom received scientific support from experts who appeared at a climate conference in Bonn, Germany. According to the experts, the entire existence of the Maldives is threatened if sea levels continue to rise at the current rate even into the next century.

The cooperative bodies of the islands therefore proposed that the world's total greenhouse gas emissions in 2005 should be 20% below 1990 levels. The industrial nations considered such a reduction unacceptable, and at the large climate conference in Japanese Kyoto in December, after hard negotiations, an agreement was reached on a slightly more than five percent reduction until 2012.

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