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Climate change 'weapon of mass destruction'

Climate change may be the world's "most fearsome" weapon of mass destruction and urgent global action is needed to combat it, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday.

He compared those who deny its existence or question its causes to people who insist the earth is flat.

In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials in Jakarta, Mr Kerry laid into climate change sceptics, accusing them of using shoddy science to delay measures needed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, AFP reported.

He also went after those who dispute who is responsible for such emissions, arguing that everyone and every country must take responsibility and act immediately."We simply don't have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation," he said, referring to what he called "big companies" that "don't want to change and spend a lot of money" to act to reduce the risks.