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"Act now!": UN talks tough over climate change

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"Act now!": UN talks tough over climate change


Patience at the United Nations seems to be running out over politicians who can’t, or won’t, make a decision on climate change.

In a special session of the UN devoted to climate change, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called on the nations of the world to act to cool a warming planet:

“The fundamental challenge remains unchanged and has become even more pressing. What we do not have is time. The time for action is now!”

In the wake of the dramatic shrinking of the Earth’s ice fields and increasingly violent weather patterns, political leaders are meeting at the UN to discuss what to do. The session follows the UN’s own reports which say human activity is probably to blame.

Progress on finding acceptable solutions has been hamstrung by arguments over responsability.

Developing nations say they shouldn’t be forced to curb their emissions when industrialised economies have been polluting for years.

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