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Former US Vice-President Al Gore called on Tuesday for Kyoto countries to bring forward by two years the start date of a new global warming treaty, to 2010, given the urgency of the global warming problem.

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The United States pulled out of the pact on the basis of the possible costs and job losses, but climate change campaigner Al Gore said the next US president, to be installed in 2009, could push for the country’s inclusion in a new treaty.

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“If we were to move to a 2010 start the energies of the American political system could (complete) this within the first two years of the president’s term,” he said.