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Ill winds blow some good

THE organisers of a debate for young scientists on climate changes can congratulate themselves on perfect timing.

There's nothing like tornadoes, torrential rain, a country crippled by storm and flood damage and a Government now warning about global warming to focus the mind.

Next week it's the turn of teenagers from the UK, Spain, Italy, Austria, Poland and France to draw up their strategies for saving the planet.

They're gathering at the Met Office in Reading to question experts and formulate their euro-vision for the future.

Elaine Stanley, of the British Association for the Advancment of Science, which has organised the event, expects the 16 to 18-year-olds to have some strong opinions.

"Teenagers don't take any nonsense. The opinions they form do not toe any party line and they are unlikely to pull any punches when they air their views on what should be done."

Given the British experience this week, one would hope not. The powers-that-be are lucky that the pupils taking part are from North Westminster community school in London rather than from twister-devastated Bognor Regis or Selsey.

The report from the event will be published on www.britassoc.org.uk

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