Global warming activists scale Eiffel Tower

29th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 29, 2007 (AFP) - Nearly 20 environmentalists scaled the Eiffel Tower Monday to hang protest banners about the threat of global warming as the world's top climate scientists gathered nearby to issue a key report.

PARIS, Jan 29, 2007 (AFP) - Nearly 20 environmentalists scaled the Eiffel Tower Monday to hang protest banners about the threat of global warming as the world's top climate scientists gathered nearby to issue a key report.

Greenpeace activists climbed to the top platform of the 324-meter (1,025-feet) tower and unfurled three huge banners, one showing a thermometer topping out at 2 C (3.6 F).

The European Union (EU) has set the target of limiting Earth's global temperature rise to 2 C or less by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial levels.

Another of the banners was inscribed with the slogan "It's not too late", in an appeal to policy makers and governments to take action on climate change.

Global warming is driven in large measure by man-made sources of greenhouse gases that trap solar heat.

Some 500 experts in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will on Friday release a much-anticipated report -- its first since 2001 -- on the state of scientific knowledge on global warming.

The report will be the fourth since since the IPCC was launched in 1988.

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