Climate change summit: Obama ‘optimistic’ about Paris talks success
President of United States, Barack Obama has said he expects the Paris climate conference to be a big success. UN climate talks begin today in the French capital Paris. The Paris environment conference was being awaited for months due to importance of its agenda. The conference is tasked with adopting a universal climate deal and more than 180 nations have already submitted their action plans before the conference.
Despite the fact that similar conferences in the past have failed to reach unanimity, Paris conference is expected to come out with some sort of solution on the issue.
President Obamaâ€™s statement will put further pressure on the delegates to devise a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. In a Facebook post the US President said, â€œWhat makes this gathering different is that more than 180 nations have already submitted plans to reduce the harmful emissions that help cause climate changeâ€.
The President who is attending the summit in the French capital said that the delegates will try to put in place “a long-term framework for further emissions reductions” that includes “targets set by each nation, but transparent enough to be verified by other nations”, Xinhua news agency reported. The UN climate talks will officially start in Paris on November 30, tasked with adopting a universal climate deal. More than 180 countries have submitted their action plans before the conference.
There is an immediate need to take care of the climate change, otherwise there are fears that the world may become unlivable before long. It is unclear whether these pledges are enough to prevent the temperature from rising above 2 degrees Celsius from the pre-industrial level. Obama said the UN summit will also “work to mobilize support to help the most vulnerable countries expand clean energy and adapt to the effects of climate change we can no longer avoid”.
President Barack Obama, who intends to cement his climate legacy, has acted mostly through executive power, including his push for emissions cuts from power plants. Republicans, who controlled the US Congress, however, denied the reality of climate change and claimed that Obama’s climate policies may produce significant damage to the US economy. Such intense opposition surely sowed doubts on the world stage about whether the US will honour its climate promises in the future.