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With Climate-gate stories dominating the headlines before talks begin in Copenhagen this week on a new global pact for battling climate change, the UK's Prime Minister Gordon Brown came out swinging against climate change deniers and skeptics. Brown labeled them "flat-earthers" but his strong words have not been matched by other Heads of State as they head to Denmark for talks.It's possible that Brown is trying to eliminate any excuses for other HoS for not acting now on climate change. The Climate-gate story started when emails between climate scientists stored on servers at the University of East Anglia were stolen and displayed on a Russian FTP. The emails showed some collusion between the scientists to shape public debate but showed no smoking gun that their data was no good.
Mr. Brown last night insisted that the science on climate change in settled, and accused those who question the consensus of being outdated.
He said: "With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn't be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. We know the science. We know what we must do."
Brown was one of the first HoS to say he would personally attend the Copenhagen talks. He also proposed that developed countries should funnel $100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing countries address climate change. The fund would cover plans to reduce emissions, protect tropical forests, and adapt to global warming.