A senior Greenpeace official has said the pressure group will do all it can to keep Spain to its pledge that environmental issues will be a focus of its six-month European Union presidency. “The environment cannot be marginalised during the Spanish presidency,” Juan Lopez de Uralde, Greenpeace's Spanish chief, told Reuters. Greenpeace has sailed its flagship Rainbow Warrior into the harbour in Barcelona, host for an EU summit next month, as a reminder that it wants green issues at the top of the agenda. One of Spain's priorities is to have the Kyoto Protocol on global warming ratified by all 15 EU countries before its presidency ends in June. The pact aims to reduce gas emissions that many scientists say are gathering in the atmosphere, trapping heat the so-called greenhouse effect.

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