Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Monday, January 22, 2018

Headline

Global climate deal close in sight at Paris

We want an agreement

Share on Facebook December 11, 2015, Reporter : BigNewsNet, Reader : 404

news

LE BOURGET, France, 11 Dec: Representatives of governments from around the world were close to hammering out a climate change agreement in Paris as they went into closed door negotiations early morning Friday on how to share the burden of fighting climate change and keep rising temperatures in check.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the chairman of the global climate talks in Paris, announced that negotiators were on the cusp of an agreement.

"We want an agreement, we are extremely close to that goal," Fabius told delegates as negotiations continued at a conference centre on the outskirts of Paris.

With an agreement in sight to keep temperature rises in check and avoid dangerous global warming, Fabius called for a second all-night session of negotiations to try to bring 20 years of rollercoaster diplomacy to a successful close.

Fabius also presented a new draft of a global climate accord that showed headway on some key issues but a stalemate on others.

The 27-page draft two pages shorter than a previous version included a long-term goal of keeping global warming "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F), while pursuing efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C.

The draft also said governments would aim to peak the emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases "as soon as possible" and strive to reach "emissions neutrality" by the second half of the century.

The Paris conference was scheduled to end on Friday.

"I think, I hope that by the end of this night we'll have a draft of the final text," Fabius said. "We are much closer."

Diplomats from 196 governments are trying to forge a global pact in Paris to slow global warming by collectively slashing emissions, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas for energy.

The biggest challenge is to define the responsibilities of wealthy nations, which have polluted the most, and developing economies including China and India where emissions are growing the fastest.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the talks are "getting down to the critical stage," as he held meetings Thursday with top officials from two major developing nations Brazil and India and other negotiators.

The Obama administration is working for a deal that reflects its concerns about global warming but doesn't require approval from the Congress.

A bloc of countries that includes India, China and Saudi Arabia have put up strong resistance against attempts by the US, the European Union and other wealthy nations to make emerging economies pitch in to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and help the poorest countries cope with climate change.

The issue is expected to be one of the last to be resolved.

Campaign groups said the draft was a huge disappointment when it came to recognising irreversible effects, such as land loss and migration.

"The current options provide no hope for people who will suffer the impacts of climate change the hardest," according to WWF.

Christiana Figueres, the United Nations climate chief, said she remained confident negotiators were closing in on a fair and ambitious agreement but there were still big gaps.> BNN

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos Here’s how Facebook will access trustworthy news on its feed

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In a bid to crack down on a problem that has gripped the world’s biggest social network for over a year now,...

Photos Thousands mark anniversary of Women’s March across America

WASHINGTON, U.S. - A year after millions of women demonstrated in Washington, DC and in cities around the U.S. and the world, a day...

Photos Media, analysts outraged, amused by Trump’s Fake News awards

WASHINGTON, U.S. - After several delays, U.S. President Donald Trump finally released his Fake News Awards, tweeting out a list of...

Photos Trump denies crude comments, Africa vows diplomatic protest

Despite repeated denials from both himself and his administration, the U.S. President Donald Trump repeated his claim that he is not a...

Photos MLK Day: Protesters criticize Trump as he breaks tradition

FLORIDA, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day breaking with Presidential tradition, visiting his golf...

Photos Trump's shithole scandal: World leaders call Trump a racist

While the U.S. President Donald Trump has outrightly denied making derogatory comments about certain countries and immigrants from those...

Photos Trump likely to impose new set of sanctions targeting Iran

WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump is widely expected to continue to suspend key sanctions on Iran, eventually avoiding...

Photos Trump open to talks with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON, U.S. - After shunning him as the little rocket man, now the U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed interest in holding...

Photos Stars shine bright as white takes over at #CriticsChoice awards

Golden Globes kicked off the 2018 award season in style and it is quickly being followed by another big star-studded event honouring the...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Monday, January 22, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery

FEUILLETON