UN draft agreement on climate change put forward

2015-10-05 21:00
In the Philippines, clerics lead a march to raise awareness on the dangers of climate change. (AP)

In the Philippines, clerics lead a march to raise awareness on the dangers of climate change. (AP)

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Paris - The United Nations climate programme said on Monday it had presented a draft agreement to governments so that negotiations towards a global accord during an upcoming climate summit in Paris can begin.

Calling the draft a "concise basis for negotiations", the UNFCCC said it would form the basis of discussions slated to be held in Bonn, Germany, from October 19-23. Those negotiations are meant to ultimately lead to a binding agreement in Paris.

The 20-page draft set a goal of limiting global temperature increases to either 2°C or 1.5°C, leaving a hard target up for debate. Many of the specifics of the text were left blank, indicating that they would likely be points of discussion.

In line with talks about what's need to confront climate change, the draft included an acknowledgment that countries would have "common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in light of different national circumstances".

It also included plans to boost climate finance for poorer countries to be able to adapt to changes already underway in the Earth's environment and mitigate the extent to which they continue to pollute.

Many hope that an ambitious agreement at the UN climate change summit, to start on November 30, will help avoid the most serious consequences of human carbon emissions in the Earth's atmosphere.

Governments from most major global economies have already presented plans to curb their emissions, but it's unclear whether the cumulative impact of the reductions will be enough.

A group of climate scientists in September released an analysis showing that the combined efforts would still push global temperatures up by 3.5°C by 2100.

Scientists say the increase in temperatures must be capped at 2°C to avoid the worst effects of carbon emissions and global warming - including extreme weather conditions, melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels and eroding coastal regions.

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