Planet Watch: Planet Watch

LOOK WHO'S TRYING TO TURN GREEN

For years a powerful industry coalition, led by automakers and coal and oil companies, tried to persuade everyone that global warming was nothing to get overly alarmed about. The barons of fossil fuel warned that curbs on emissions of greenhouse gases would destroy jobs without necessarily having a positive effect on our climate. But now, as officials from 180 nations meet in Buenos Aires this week to firm up the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty forged in Japan last year to combat climate change, the forces of opposition have suffered some major defections.

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