Prince Charles opened the ministerial segment of the Copenhagen climate conference with the message the world has seven years before we “lose the levers of control” over “reducing poverty, increasing food production, combating terrorism and sustaining economic development.” Arguing that climate change is a “risk multiplier” that will make managing vital priorities increasingly difficult, the Prince said the very “survival of the species” was in peril, the Telegraph reports. He was particularly keen to encourage world leaders to reach an agreement on forests via a scheme that would pay poor countries not to chop down trees and even establish pension schemes and other financial bonds that invest in rainforests. “The simple truth is that without a solution to tropical deforestation, there is no solution to climate change, said the Prince, who flew to the conference aboard the private Royal jet.
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