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U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-General praised the delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015. The 12-day meeting, which gathered 196 Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, hammered out a new universal treaty which would enter into force by 2020. “The decisions adopted in Lima, including the Lima Call for Climate Action, pave the way for the adop...

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Climate action later could be costly, U.N. chief warned

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties that climate action taken today will more likely push for stronger agreements tomorrow. “The more we delay, the more we will pay,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to deliver a draft text for the 2015 Agreement which will provide a clear and solid foundation for negotiations to be held next year in France. “Actions now will set a strong foundation for Paris, and go hand-in-hand with our efforts to realize...

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U.N. General Assembly President calls for urgent climate action

United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutsena urged collective climate action amidst “moving toward the tipping point.” Mr. Kutsena at the U.N. climate talks in Peru called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner. The call for action was made ahead of his address to the high-level segment of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. “Our planet is warming. Greenhouse...

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U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urges climate action and to build momentum in adopting a climate change agreement on 2015. The Lima Conference, which started in December 1 and ends on December 12, will lay the foundation for an effective new, universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015. The conference will also act as a precursor on an agreement coming into effect in 2020. During the conference, governments meeting need to define the scope and the type of contributions they will provid...

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Heat waves due to climate change loom over Middle East and North Africa

A new report by the World Bank reveals that the Middle East and North Africa region could be looking at heat waves due to climate change that can severely affect people lives. According to the report, “Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal,” increasing temperatures that are expected by the end of the century will put the M.E.N.A. region’s already scarce water resources under intense pressure, with major consequences for human life and regional food security. Specifically, countries such as Jordan, E...

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Extreme weather poses threat to Pacific Islands

The United Nations has released an advisory note encouraging the Pacific Islands to establish a regional mechanism for better preparedness in line with impending extreme weather conditions. According to a joint press release issued by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia, global forecasts indicate the onset of an abnormal warning of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño, as the Pacific region experiences its wet sea...

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U.N. chief welcomes $9.3 billion pledge for Green Climate Fund

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed over $9.3 billion in pledges made by Governments for the Green Climate Fund. The $9.3 billion pledge by Governments will go towards the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund. The pledge was made during the pledging conference for the mechanism which was held in Berlin, Germany. The pledges were made by 21 countries, which included contributions from four developing countries. The combined contributions are currently the largest amount the international community has...

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U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be making huge emissions reduction cuts in the future. The two largest economies, as well as the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, have announced their goal of considerable reductions in their emissions within a post-2020 framework. The U.S. said that it would reduce its emissions by a range of between 26 percent and 28 percent by 2025 from its 2005 levels. A target which the U.S. said is in line with their economy-wide...

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U.N. chief warns leaders to act in light of new I.P.C.C. report

Climate change irreversible impacts to increase, however, there are options to adapt to climate change and stringent mitigation activities to manage it, finds new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. The Synthesis Report, which sums and integrates the findings of the I.P.C.C. Fifth Assessment Report produced by 800 scientists (see related story), is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change. “Our assessment finds that the atmosphere and oceans...

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Adaptation, mitigation activities can control climate change – I.P.C.C. report

Climate change irreversible impacts to increase, however, there are options to adapt to climate change and stringent mitigation activities to manage it, finds new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. The Synthesis Report, which sums and integrates the findings of the I.P.C.C. Fifth Assessment Report produced by 800 scientists (see related story), is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change. “Our assessment finds that the atmosphere and oceans...

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