Clean up your act, Britain tells US

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Tony Blair is leading the fight against the build-up of greenhouse gases at a crucial world environment summit today - and is attempting to force the Americans to follow suit. The Prime Minister will urge the US and other developed nations to do the same as Britain and crack down on dangerous emissions in the battle to slow climate change.

Britain's tough message was reinforced by Robin Cook, the Foreign Secretary, who warned that future generations of Americans would suffer unless the US made substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. On the eve of the UN Earth Summit Two in New York, Mr Cook said: "Instead of cutting its carbon dioxide emissions, American continues to increase it. The biggest single problem is that the American public has not yet grasped that if it continues with its present lifestyle, then it's going to make it impossible for its children or grandchildren to enjoy the kind of environment ... that Americans have today."