Prince Charles: We've Only 100 Months to Save the World

Future king warns about the deleterious effects of global warming
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2009 1:50 PM CDT
Prince Charles will say that the need to tackle global warming is more urgent than ever before and that, even in a global recession, the world must not lose sight of the "bigger picture."   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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(Newser) – Nations have “less than 100 months” to avoid the irreversible damage caused by global warming, Prince Charles will tell business leaders this week in Rio. The British royal, an ardent climate-change activist, will deliver the dire warning as he begins a 10-day South American tour—a trip designed to burnish his reputation as an international statesman, the Telegraph reports.

Gordon Brown plans to make greater use of the future king’s experience, expertise, and contacts, insiders tell the Telegraph. One called Charles an “asset” whose role will be “soft diplomacy.” Next month, he’ll host President Obama at Buckingham Palace, but insiders deny the prince is trying to upstage his 82-year-old mother, noting though that as the queen “gets older, her diary will be tailored accordingly.”