Obama says Paris conference could be climate turning point
Nov 30, Peris: US President Barack Obama has said that the UN climate conference in Paris could be a turning point in global efforts to limit future temperature rises, local media reported.
Both US president Obama and France's Francois Hollande issued rallying cries to officials on Monday, urging them to commit to reducing emissions.
World leaders from almost 150 countries have begun addressing delegates in Paris known as COP21, aimed at forging a deal to limit global warming to 2°C
Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F).
Obama urged negotiators to deliver a meaningful deal, because the "next generation is watching". He said that his country recognised its role in contributing to the climate change crisis, and would take the lead in fighting against it.
A total of 25,000 official delegates hope to secure a legally binding accord for every country to cut carbon emissions. The accord needs to come into effect from the year 2020, when current commitments from the Kyoto Protocol run out.
The Oslo Times