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Cheers as ‘ambitious, balanced’ draft climate agreement unveiled

Updated December 12, 2015 23:59:22

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is applauded Photo: French foreign minister Laurent Fabius receives applause after delivering an ‘ambitious’ draft climate deal. (AFP: Miguel Medina)

France has submitted a proposed 195-nation accord to curb emissions of the heat-trapping gases that threaten to wreak havoc on Earth’s climate system.

Key points:

  • Draft climate deal would limit global warming to “perhaps 1.5 degrees”, France says
  • Sets out system of five-yearly reviews and monitoring of each nation’s progress
  • Climate financing for developing countries of at least $ 100b by 2020
  • Deal to be voted on later this evening

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, the host of the talks in Paris, said the draft climate deal would limit global warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius, perhaps 1.5”.

It also sets out a system of five-yearly reviews and the monitoring of each nation’s progress in reducing carbon emissions.

“$ 100 billion climate financing for developing countries by 2020 will be a floor,” he said.

If the proposal gets enough support, it will be the first international agreement requiring all countries to limit their greenhouse gases, a development Mr Fabius called “a historic turning point”.

“This text contains the principal elements that we did feel before would be impossible to achieve. It is differentiated, fair, durable, dynamic, balanced and legally binding,” he said.

'No Plan B' is lit up on the Eiffel Tower Photo: The Eiffel Tower displays the message ‘No plan B’. (AFP: Patrick Kovarik)

“Our responsibility to history is immense,” Mr Fabius told thousands of officials, including president Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry, in the main hall of the conference venue on the outskirts of Paris.

“If we were to fail, how could we rebuild this hope?” he asked.

“Our children would not understand or forgive us. Faced with climate change our destinies are bound together.”

Mr Fabius drew loud applauses during his presentation of the draft. French officials released the text of the 31-page document agreement after delegates broke for lunch.

External Link: Read the full draft agreement

Earlier, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said the draft “promises to set the world on a new path to a low-emissions, climate-resilient future”.

“Nature is sending urgent signals and people in countries are threatened as never before. We have to do as the science dictates. We must protect the planet that sustains us,” he said.

Mr Hollande called on delegates “to do everything possible” to reach the 1.5 degree Celsius target.

“It is a decisive matter because warming that goes beyond this could have a very serious impact on the various balances on our planet,” he said.

Nations are responding this evening ahead of declaring later tonight whether they will sign on to the deal.

External Link: COP21 deal storify

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Topics: climate-change, environment, government-and-politics, weather, france

First posted December 12, 2015 22:03:50

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Shorten calls for ambitious targets as climate talks get underway in Paris

Posted November 30, 2015 22:45:44

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has referred to as for ambitious climate targets to be set as world leaders collect in Paris for the United Nations Climate Conference.

Mr Shorten spoke to Lateline from Paris as the talks got underway and mentioned nations that did not take strong action would be increasingly isolated.

“The whole purpose for this Paris conference is simply because climate modify is possessing worse and worse effects on our environment and even more importantly, on our economy,” he mentioned.

“So nations who feel that they don’t need to alter, I believe will get isolated in the future in trade and other arrangements in between nations.”

French president Francois Hollande officially opened the summit by telling planet leaders that the “hope of all of humanity rests on your shoulders”.

Mr Shorten said he would be attending a quantity of meetings whilst he was in Paris.

“I will be meeting with hopefully leaders from the Pacific Island nations. They truly do count on Australia as becoming a massive brother in the best sense of the word for standing up for their issues,” he mentioned.

“I am searching forward to speaking with organizations. There is a lot of private sector interest in the choices that will be created at Paris, and the choices that nations make.

“See, if a nation like Australia sets ambitious ambitions, what will happen is that we can then encourage the private sector to step in and help deliver the solutions from technologies to trade opportunities to investment in renewable power.”

Shorten says ‘Turnbull playing in traffic’

Last week Mr Shorten announced Labor’s new climate policy with an emissions reduction target of 45 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.

He rejected ideas a carbon price beneath the proposal could be as high as $ 200 a tonne.

“It really is just total rubbish,” he stated.

He mentioned the climate alter debate had been one of the far more toxic issues in politics and that it would have been straightforward for Labor to just give bipartisan help to the Government’s “ridiculously low targets”.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s caught. He’s caught in the middle of the road on this. He’s playing in the site visitors,” he mentioned.

“On 1 hand he had to in order to turn out to be the leader of the Liberal Celebration, sign up to Tony Abbott’s climate alter policies, with their ridiculously low targets. On the other hand he need to at least be honest with people and admit the consequences of alter.”

He stated the cost of not acting on climate change was too higher.

“The truth of the matter is that if sea levels rise, home will become, and infrastructure in Australia will turn into a lot much more expensive,” he mentioned.

“We’ll have much more drought. We’ll have more intense climate events. So there is a large price in not acting.”

Topics: climate-alter, atmosphere, federal-government, alp, bill-shorten, australia, france

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