Saturday 25 February 2017

Ray Jordan: Turn up the heat in Paris meeting

Ray Jordan

The Eiffel Tower lit up with green color and messages to prevent global warming during the first day of the United Nations climate conference in Paris
The Eiffel Tower lit up with green color and messages to prevent global warming during the first day of the United Nations climate conference in Paris

CLOSE to 150 heads of state from across the world are meeting in Paris this week for talks aimed at agreeing a new global deal to combat climate change.

It is the 21st sitting of the Conference of Parties (COP) summit, and the aim is to secure a lasting deal that can stop global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6° Farenheit) in the years ahead.

A deal is more critical than ever, with the World Meteorological Organisation reporting just this month that the past five years have been the warmest on record, and 2015 set to be hottest year since the collection of data began.

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