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One year left to save the planet from climate change disaster?

By Emily Gosden, Energy Editor World leaders must agree a deal to tackle global warming within the next year or risk losing our way of life as we know it, Ed Davey, the energy secretary has warned ahead of major international negotiations in Lima. About 9,000 politicians, diplomats and non-governmental organisation delegates will descend on the Peruvian capital over the next two weeks for the UN’s annual climate change talks, intended to thrash out key details to enable a global deal by an agreed deadline of next year’s summit in Paris. Mr Davey told the Telegraph: “These are the last major annual talks before we hit our deadline in Paris next year. We need a deal in Paris – there is no alternative that will protect our national security, our economy and the way of life we take for granted.” The talks follow the publication earlier this month of a major report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned the evidence of man-made global warming was clear and that only radical and immediate action to cut carbon emissions could avert catastrophic warming of more than 2C above pre-industrial levels. Extreme consequences of flooding, droughts and conflict were likely to ensue beyond that level, the report found. Mr Davey said that “momentum is building” towards a deal following an emissions-reduction agreement among EU leaders in October and a deal between China and the US this month. “In Lima, I will be pressing for more countries to come forward and put fair, ambitious commitments on the table,” he said. But there is widespread acknowledgement from experts and, privately, the UK Government, that any deal in Paris is unlikely to be radical enough to actually limit warming to 2C – despite international agreement that this should be the goal. via Telegraph.

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