Lima Delegates Call for Detailed Climate Commitments
Reporting from the global climate conference in Lima, Peru, Ed King of RTCC notes that “time is running out for countries to develop the structure of a global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.”
While a much-anticipated global agreement to hold average global warming below 2°C (3.6°F) won’t be signed until governments meet in Paris in 2015, delegates to this year’s conference—the 20th in the series—“need to agree on what types of commitment they will make to a deal,” King writes.
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WWF climate lead Tasneem Essop stressed that this year’s conference must deliver more than “just a list of bullet points defining elements.” But King reported progress as delegates gathered Monday, with India and seven other South Asian countries calling for a legally binding deal in Paris.
“There is the urgency for the global community to arrive at a Protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force applicable to all by the end of 2015,” said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.