Geneva — All nations must face up to the threat of a climate disaster and take steps against global warming, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain said yesterday.

Thatcher, in a keynote speech to a United Nations meeting of ministers on the issue, said much more research is needed but a “clear case for precautionary action” exists now.

“It is a race against time … to save our planet,” French Prime Minister Michel Rocard told the officials from some 120 countries, including more than 80 ministers.

In an appeal aimed in good part an the United States and the Soviet Union, Mrs. Thatcher demanded all countries begin work on binding commitments to rein in rising pollution by “greenhouse gases.” The limits would be for a planned global treaty on climate change to be ready in 1992.

Source: Asbury Park Press