Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ahead of Peru Climate Summit, Cautious Hope for Strong Draft Text

Alejandra OA and Peru Delegation to the People's Climate March in NYC (Credit: Flickr) Click to Enlarge.
The two-week United Nations climate conference in Peru, which begins Monday, is the final pit stop before Paris in 2015, where negotiators aim to strike a deal obligating, for the first time, all countries to combat climate change.

The Lima talks are expected to deliver a draft text to be negotiated and finalized in Paris next year. Nations aim to chart a course for unprecedented action on reducing carbon emissions, while ensuring that developing nations' goals of economic growth to bring millions out of poverty are not derailed. 

After years of shifting blame at such talks, China and the United States boosted the political momentum ahead of the Lima negotiations by announcing a major climate change agreement on Nov. 11.

The U.S. pledged to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2015 and China pledged to begin reducing its emissions by 2030.  Separately, the European Union has decided to reduce emissions by at least 40 percent compared with 1990 levels by 2030.

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