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Global leaders extend UN Lima talks on climate change

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Global leaders extend UN Lima talks on climate change


UN talks on climate change have run into overtime. About 190 nations have been gathered at the COP20 summit in Peru since December 1 hoping to agree how to boldly fight global warming.

But they are split over some issues. Emerging nations such as China and India want rich countries to cut the most greenhouse emissions and pay for poor countries to cope with a warmer world., but the European Union and US want poorer nations to rein in rising emissions.

As protesters staged a so-called die-in, Gerard Arances, from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice said: “The people in my country, my brothers and sisters in the Philippines, are dying. As governments here discuss the fate of my people and the people of this world.”

Last week the Philippines was hit by a deadly typhoon for the second year in a row.

Oxfam, an international organisation focused primarily on poverty, staged a demonstration with activists wearing paper mache heads depicting several international leaders in a lifeboat.

Many expect the Lima talks to fall far short of a document that satisfies most young activists, who tend to demand strict measurements of how well countries comply with their emissions commitments.

The summit is their last big chance to influence formal international deals before a major summit next year in Paris where a global climate deal is expected to be agreed.

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