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Nations meet in Lima to tackle carbon emissions


The world’s nations gathered in the Peruvian capital of Lima yesterday in a renewed push for a deal to roll back carbon emissions threatening future generations.

The 12-day talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) take place amid grim scientific warnings and a surge in interest in sealing a pact in Paris next December.

“Never before have the risks of climate change been so obvious and the impacts so visible,” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said. “Never before have we seen such a desire at all levels of society to take climate action.”

Figueres and Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who will chair the conference, attended an interfaith candlelit vigil on Sunday to draw attention to victims of climate change.

In September, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon coaxed world leaders into renewing their vows to fight the scourge. Since then, the three biggest emitters — China, the US and Europe — have sketched plans for contributing to the carbon cleanup, but the Lima talks must clear several hurdles.

Nations must agree on a clear, transparent way for countries to report national pledges to reduce greenhouse gases next year. Without this cornerstone of trust, the voluntary approach that the UNFCCC adopts could founder.

The UNFCCC’s 196 parties must also hammer out a workable negotiating text for next year. The envisioned accord would take effect from 2020, placing all nations for the first time into the same arena for tackling carbon emissions.

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