After the United Nations World Meteorological Organization unveiled on Wednesday
that the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record
high in 2012, Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz slammed Israeli
finance officials for nixing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction
program from the national budget this spring.
“There has been one report
after another about the dangers and damages caused by man to nature, but in the
recent budget discussions, budgets for coping with these hazards were cut to
almost complete deletion,” Peretz said. “Unfortunately, the issue has been
sidelined until the absolute cancellation of the greenhouse gas emissions
reduction program in Israel.”
Stressing that he has fought and continues
to fight against these cuts, Peretz said that the Environmental Protection
Ministry promotes energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. Just this
week, the minister decided that an interministerial committee to address climate
change is to be created at the lead of Environmental Protection Ministry
director-general David Lefler.
“This is a burning and dangerous subject
that constitutes a threat to all of us, and therefore, we must act before an
environmental and social catastrophe occurs,” Peretz said.