EurActiv.comby Georgi Gotev 16:09
The EU warned today (20 August) that the window of opportunity for December's United Nations Climate Change Conference was closing fast, urging the 140+ countries that have not yet made public their contributions to do so, naming some of the major players.
Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete met the Brussels press today, just over 100 days before the conference, also known as COP21, which will convene in Paris, between 30 November to 11 December.
Cañete said that this conference would be “a historic milestone”, a “unique opportunity to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon climate-resilient global economy”.
“But the window of opportunity to meet to meet our target of keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees is closing fast,” he said, echoing UN climate chief Cristiana Figueres' warning last week that countries may not be able to limit warming to below 2 degree Celsius, above pre-industrial levels.
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