Carbon rise spurs urgent call at UN climate talks [News]

June 4, 2013 by  
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By Channel NewsAsia, 3 Jun 2013.

BONN: Negotiators on Monday launched a new round of UN climate talks with warnings that a newly breached threshold was a wakeup call to tackle surging carbon emissions.

The 12-day talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) seek to breathe life into a quest to forge a pact on heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Troubled by bickering, nit-picking and defence of national interests, the process coincides with the rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) to historic levels.

UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres told delegates that US scientists in Hawaii last month had detected more than 400 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere for the first time in human history.

“I do not need to remind you that we simply cannot afford not to deliver implementation results urgently,” Figueres said.

After discussions among two technical bodies on Monday, the talks will get down to tougher business on Tuesday.

They will try to flesh out commitments for the deal, expected to be signed in late 2015, and to beef up action in the years before the pact takes effect in 2020.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

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