THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE WARMING HAS BEGUN

The thorny negotiations aiming to limit global warming to no more than 2°C have now started in Paris.

Now that most of the heads of state and government have left Paris, it’s up to officials from the 195 countries to prepare the way for a global agreement. The aim is to have pushed it through by Friday 11 December, but there is already talk of the negotiations running into overtime.

A draft agreement of more than 50 pages with over a thousand proposed amendments awaits the negotiators on their desks in Paris.

As early as Monday evening, the extensive negotiations under way in Paris were split up into smaller groups, each of which covers its part of the draft agreement. Among the thorniest questions are how to fund climate measures in the poorer parts of the world, how the national pledges to implement the necessary measures should be reported, and how often they should be reviewed, as well as whether any interim targets should be added to the one limiting global warming to no more than two degrees.

Potential exists
Environmental organisation Greenpeace felt that after the many speeches and climate pledges made on Monday, there is "potential" to make considerable headway in the negotiations.

“There were many fine speeches, but it’s now a matter of moving from words to actions,” says Sven Hunhammar, Head of Climate at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

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