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Lula attacks rich on environment

  By Tim Hirsch
BBC News environment correspondent
Monday, 27 March 2006, 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has criticised richer countries for not providing enough money to help preserve the variety of life on Earth.

He went on to say it was worrying that at the very moment in which conservation efforts were growing around the world, the financial resources to support them were being reduced.

That was a reference to an argument at this conference over contributions from the United States and other industrialised countries to a UN fund directed at environmental protection.

Earlier, the official in charge of the biodiversity convention, Ahmed Djoghlaf, warned that time was running out for governments to meet their commitment to slow the loss of species variety by 2010.

If the world carried on with business as usual, he said, that target would be missed.

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