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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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UN adopts climate-saving draft as stars add voices to call for change

Updated December 06, 2015 09:05:44

Negotiators from 195 nations have delivered a blueprint for a pact to save mankind from disastrous worldwide warming, raising hopes that decades of arguments will finally finish with a historic agreement in Paris.

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The planned deal would aim to break the world’s dependence on fossil fuels for energy, slashing the greenhouse gas emissions from burning oil, coal and gas that are causing temperatures to rise dangerously.

Tortuous UN negotiations dating back to the early 1990s have failed to forge unity amongst rich and poor nations, and the Paris talks are being described as the “final, very best chance” to save mankind.

They started on Monday with a record-breaking gathering of 150 world leaders who sought to energise the method, and the subsequent critical phase ended on Saturday with the adoption of a draft text of an agreement.

Negotiators finalised the draft following an typically tense week of talks at a conference centre in Le Bourget on the northern outskirts of Paris.

Whilst several really contentious points still have to be resolved by ministers in the course of a scheduled 5 days of talks beginning on Monday, delegates mentioned they felt the foundations had been laid for accomplishment.

“We are really content to have this progress. The political will is there from all parties,” said China’s chief climate envoy, Su Wei.

Right after the draft was adopted to loud applause, South African negotiator Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko drew on her nation’s revered democracy icon in a bid to inspire other individuals.

“In the words of Nelson Mandela, it always seems impossible till it is done,” she said.

Schwarzenegger utilizes farm childhood to urge globe to go green

Arnold Schwarzenegger with solar panels Photo: “My brother and I walked 200 metres to the properly to get our family’s source of water for drinking and for bathing every single day,” Mr Schwarzenegger says. (AFP: Hector Mata)

Arnold Schwarzenegger has recalled a childhood of milking cows in the rain and drawing water from a nicely as he named for the planet to turn to clean power and shield the world’s environment from international warming.

The former California governor and action movie star harked back to his Austrian upbringing as he known as for action in an address to international politicians in Paris, on the sidelines of a UN conference where negotiators are searching for a worldwide climate-saving accord.

“A single of my chores was each and every morning at six o’clock to go to the farm subsequent door and to milk the cow and to bring home the milk,” he stated.

“It did not matter what the weather was — no matter whether it was cold, it was hot, raining, thunder, shower, what ever.

“My brother and I walked 200 metres to the properly to get our family’s source of water for drinking and for bathing every single day.

“We played in the fields, we swam in the streams and the lake — the environment was absolutely almost everything to us,” he added.

In his “idyllic” childhood, Mr Schwarzenegger stated he could in no way have imagined a globe in which humanity would dump 40 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

“But I also could not have imagined that a single day I would grow to be governor of the excellent state of California, the eighth largest economy in the planet and that I would have the power to do one thing about it,” he stated.

He pressed decision-makers at every single level to turn to wise, clean energy sources.

“This is the challenge of our time and this is the real globe,” he stated.

“This is not the film globe which is the other globe that I come from.

“There are no visual effects right here, no unique effects, there is no script writing that we can adjust for a greater ending — nothing like that.”

‘Most fascinating time’ in human history

Schwarzenegger was one particular of much more than 50 celebrities committed to fighting climate change, from US actor Sean Penn to Chinese net tycoon Jack Ma, who gathered at the conference on Saturday to support construct momentum.

Actor Sean Penn at COP21 Photo: Actor Sean Penn is one of the personalities lobbying for measures to fight climate alter. (Reuters: Stephane Mahe)

“Possibly this is the most exciting time in human history,” Mr Penn told a unique event at the conference.

“These illusions of getting too a lot of tough options have usually designed chaos. Now we reside in a time where there are no options. We have certainty.”

Scientists warn our planet will turn into increasingly hostile for mankind as it warms, with increasing sea levels that will consume islands and populated coastal regions, as effectively as catastrophic storms and serious droughts.

Tiny island nations most vulnerable to rising sea levels and stronger storms, which are frequently railroaded by the powerful in the UN talks, also expressed cautious optimism about the draft agreement.

Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau Jr said Pacific nations had been currently living “the frontline effect of climate alter” and it will a matter of time before the rest of the world felt the very same, if no deal was struck.

Pacific nations living the 'frontline impact' of climate changeVideo: Pacific nations living the ‘frontline impact’ of climate modify (The Globe)

“We would have wished to be additional along than we are at this point, but the text getting forwarded so far reflects our important priorities,” mentioned Thoriq Ibrahim from the Maldives and chair of the Alliance of Tiny Island States.

No a single in Le Bourget even so, is beneath the illusion that a December 11 deal is guaranteed.

There are vivid memories of the spectacular failure at the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, the final time the world tried to develop a global warming pact.

“At this point in Copenhagen we were dealing with a 300-page text and a pervasive sense of despair. In Paris we’re down to a slim 21 pages and the atmosphere remains constructive,” Greenpeace climate professional Martin Kaiser stated.

“But that does not assure a decent deal. Right now the oil-generating nations and the fossil fuel business will be plotting how to crash these talks.”

AFP

Topics: atmosphere, climate-alter, weather, environmental-management, france

First posted December 06, 2015 08:50:57

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