Cli­mate talks can’t fail as there is no al­ter­na­tive planet, says Fabius

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France’s for­eign min­is­ter has warned that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity had no op­tion but to com­bat cli­mate change as there is “no al­ter­na­tive planet”, ac­cord­ing to the EU news and pol­icy site EurAc­tiv.

“We don’t have the right to fail,” Lau­rent Fabius told the open­ing of a two-day gath­er­ing in Ber­lin of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 35 coun­tries to pave the way for a global push to cut emis­sions.

“We must com­mit our­selves very res­o­lutely be­cause there isn’t an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion, for the sim­ple rea­son that there isn’t an al­ter­na­tive planet,” he added.

The in­for­mal talks are tak­ing place un­der the “Peters­berg Cli­mate Dia­logue” ini­tia­tive, launched by Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in 2010, to pre­pare for the UN cli­mate change con­fer­ence in Paris in De­cem­ber.

French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande has set out an am­bi­tious goal for the Paris meet­ing – an agree­ment to limit the rise in global tem­per­a­tures linked to green­house gas emis­sions to 2C from the pre-industrial age.

Fabius said that sev­eral other meet­ings were still sched­uled be­fore the Paris con­fer­ence but warned that its suc­cess “de­pends on us all”.

Just un­der 40 coun­tries have al­ready pre­sented their plans to­wards help­ing achieve the tar­get eyed at the Paris meet­ing, Fabius said.

“It’s es­sen­tial that ev­ery­one, start­ing with the rich coun­tries, pub­lishes them” be­fore the dead­line of 30 Oc­to­ber, he added.

Ger­man en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Bar­bara Hen­dricks said there was a “moral obli­ga­tion” to fight cli­mate dis­tur­bance and re­it­er­ated Ber­lin’s ob­jec­tive of re­duc­ing car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 40% by 2020 from 1990 lev­els.

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