Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Climate: Obama hails a “historic day” – Le Figaro

U.s. president Barack Obama welcomed on Wednesday a “historic day” in the fight against global warming, after the announcement of the entry into force of the international agreement in Paris in late 2015. “Today is a historic day in the fight to protect our planet for future generations,” Obama said, estimating that it could remain in history as a turning point”.

The united nations announced on Wednesday that the Paris agreement on climate would come into force in 30 days, either before the kick-off of the next big climate change conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. The threshold required ratification by 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions of greenhouse gases – comes into effect to be achieved. “The Paris agreement will not, alone, solve the climate crisis”, pointed out Barack Obama during a brief speech from the gardens of the White House.
However, he insisted, the entry into force of the text, which aims to limit the temperature increase below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, “sends the signal that our future will be clean energy”.

He opens the way, to “an unprecedented scale”, investment and innovation in a low-carbon economy, he added. The agreement “gives us the best chance to save our planet”, said the american president who had made combating climate change one of his priorities on coming to power in 2009. “No country, even a country as powerful as ours, cannot meet this challenge alone. We need to address it together,” he said. Recognizing that diplomacy was often an exercise long and frustrating, it has highlighted the international climate negotiations demonstrate that with persistent efforts, a strong american leadership, optimism, confidence and hope,” a result is possible.

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