The Latest: Leaders, Activists Gather for Climate Talks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NOV. 29, 2015, 3:48 A.M. E.S.T. PARIS — The latest from the much-anticipated U.N. climate conference that gets underway in Paris on Monday.
More than 140 world leaders are gathering in Paris for high-stakes talks seeking a long-term deal to slow man-made global warming.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting French President Francois Hollande on Sunday morning to discuss the talks, and U.S. President Barack Obama is among scores of other leaders arriving for the talks.
The Nov. 30- Dec. 11 U.N. climate conference is under extra-high security after extremists killed 130 people around Paris earlier this month.
Negotiators from 196 countries are seeking an accord that reduces man-made emissions to limit rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather that is already threatening populations around the world.
LONDON — From Melbourne to Mexico City, tens of thousands of people worldwide hit the streets this weekend for a global climate march, pressing world leaders to push for a bold international agreement at the upcoming climate summit in Paris.
The center for the demonstrations was supposed to be Paris, where nearly 150 world leaders are gathering for a U.N. global summit on climate change that kicks off Monday. But after the terrorist attacks there more than two weeks ago that killed at least 130 people, French police banned large protests.
On Sunday, they sought to enforce that ban, firing tear gas in the afternoon on an unauthorized gathering at the Place de la Republique, a focal point for protests, and detaining more than 100 people.
The square was also the site of an installation of “marching shoes,” made from donated shoes and meant to symbolize those banned from protesting. The Vatican sent shoes to represent Pope Francis, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon donated a pair of his shoes.
Beyond the streets of Paris, more than 2,400 events around the world took place this weekend, with demonstrators hoping to encourage world leaders to deliver a loud message to their negotiators: Do not leave Paris without a strong agreement to slash carbon emissions. The summit concludes Dec. 11.
PARIS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Billionaire Bill Gates is expected to release Monday a new multi-country, multi-billionaire partnership plan for clean-energy research.
Billed as the largest ever clean-energy funding source, Gates' coalition will involve 19 governments and 28 billionaires from 10 countries, and a multi-billion-dollar private-public partnership to fund clean- and renewable- energy research.
How to pay for new eco-friendly energy sources is always a point of contention. The United States currently invests $5 billion a year. Also, no global climate agreement has been reached since 2009. With such a major financial pledge and support from nations like the U.S., China and India, Gates' plan is designed to add momentum to the summit.
The plan will help fund a cooperative project between the U.S. and India, to help India develop solar and wind power while weening itself off coal."I think this issue is especially important because, of all the people who will be affected by climate change, those in poor countries will suffer the most," he wrote in his blog. "Higher temperatures and less-predictable weather would hurt poor farmers, most of whom live on the edge and can be devastated by a single bad crop."
Gates' plan includes the nations of Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, among others. Each of the countries involved has pledged to double their spending on clean-energy research over the five years.
The climate summit will bring together representatives from almost 200 countries for 12 days in the effort to create the first global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects," the Pope said. He urged leaders to work together and reach an agreement to cut green house gasses, and asked science and business to partner in seeking ways to protect the environment.
Tying in one of the other pillars of his papacy, the poor, he said poverty and the environment are interconnected because it is the poor who, on one hand are mostly outsiders to a global economy that runs on fossil fuels, but that ultimately are affected the most by global warming.
The Pope also urges Africans to stand up against poaching elephant ivory and the illegal trade of rare and precious stones because they feed "political instability, organized crime and terrorism."
Pope Francis heads next to Uganda and the Central African Republic.
Cel... I think someone or thing hit your "button" !
Oh I totally agree. I was stunned to recently read that a 2 degree change will bring worlds of disaster... from flooding in some places to drought in others... seas rising, much more extreme and severe weather, etc.
Since the Industrial revolution we've raised it 1 degree and if we took IMMEDIATE action TODAY... it would still rise another 0.5 degrees... putting us dangerously close. Also read as we approach the 2 degree mark, BAD things increase exponentially. so a 1.6 degree change migjt be 5-10X worse than the 1.5 change... and the 1.7 degree change, another 5-10X worse than 1.6....
Now the flat earth society can claim we've always had fluctuations for millions of years but here's 2 things they overlook: (1) doesn't matter, a disaster is a disaster ! You really want to risk that? (2) we've NEVER had the CO2 levels where they are today in > 700,000 years of fossil records - ! that is NOT cyclic !! it comes from releasing millions of years of energy that has been trapped until now.
Think of ALL that sunlight - energy - captured millions of years ago has been stored... until now...... we release it ... it warms the planet. First Law of thermodynamics... energy cannot be created or destroyed. Second Law of thermodynamics - when you convert energy from one form to another--- i.e. chemical to mechanical, MOST of the conversion is lost as HEAT !! well we've been doing that for > 100 years !! WHAT do they expect to happen? Where does the HEAT go? outer space ?
Look we know WHY they believe the way they do: (1) they're vested in fossil fuels (2) they like cheap energy (myopic) (3) they don't like to confront problems when they can simply continue on and expend NO effort. (4) they don't want to make any changes to their comfortable life style (SUVs, big pick ups, gas hogs)
Only problem is "Mother nature" won't stand for it and they'll reap the whirlwinds of climate change ! or their kids and grand kids will .
ANOTHER reason to vote for HC. She said she wants to see 500 MILLION new solar panels in her first term. I suspect she'll push to advance the solar energy credits past 2016 AND maybe even increase them ! either way it's a big win for us all... I'd rather spend a $10-20 billion in subsidies for clean energy than in the ME in another ground war that gets us no where !
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