Climate goal closer as UN pressure builds

A stream of national pledges have put the planet closer to tackling climate change but there is more work to do, experts said Monday, as leaders pressed for a strong new UN accord.


A week of climate events in New York ahead of the annual United Nations summit brought out new promises from governments and the private sector to slash greenhouse gas emissions blamed for Earth’s rising temperatures and severe weather.


The United Nations offers one of the last opportunities for high-level talks before the conference opens on November 30 in Paris with the aim of sealing a far-reaching new global climate agreement.


French President Francois Hollande has sought to rally nations to come up with both emission cut plans and financing for the worst-hit poor countries.


“I tell you here, and I tell you plainly — if it is not (a deal) in Paris, it will be too late. It will be too late for the world,” Hollande said in an address to the UN General Assembly.


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