Global warming eclipses nuclear war as top concern: Nobel laureate | 10/10/2019 | Staff
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The threat of climate change has overtaken the prospect of nuclear war as the most pressing concern facing humanity, a former Colombian president and Nobel peace laureate warned Monday.

"After World War II, the world was facing a threat from a nuclear war," Juan Manuel Santos, a staunch environmentalist, told the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai.

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"The threat from a nuclear war remains... but we have something worse, which is a certainty. That is climate change," he said.

"If we don't act, we will perish. We must act for survival."

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Santos, who won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, also won plaudits for his green policies while in office.

Experts at the two-day conference called for more aggressive policies to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of preventing global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

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They called for more action to reduce carbon emissions and move faster towards renewable energy and...
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