Paris climate talks to draw up to 50,000

Government representatives of 195 countries attend the UN climate change conference in Bonn, western Germany on June 6, 2014
Government representatives of 195 countries attend the UN climate change conference in Bonn, western Germany on June 6, 2014

As many as 50,000 people are likely to attend the December 2015 talks in Paris aimed at forging a UN pact on climate change, host France said on Tuesday.

"Between 40,000 and 50,000 people from 195 countries are expected," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters at the site in Le Bourget, just north of the French capital, where the talks will be held.

Roughly half this number will be official delegates, and the remainder will be support staff or observers, he said.

The talks, under the banner of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will run from November 30 to December 11, 2015.

The biggest official turnout at was at the ill-fated 2009 summit in Copenhagen, which drew about 26,600 delegates.

Taking effect from 2020, the Paris agreement must curb heat-trapping carbon emissions that are damaging Earth's fragile climate, amplifying risks from drought, flood, storms and rising seas.

Efforts to secure a deal are intensifying in the run-up to Paris, with a special summit of heads of state and government, called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to be held in New York on September 23.

This year's annual round of negotiations in Lima, Peru, in December must yield a draft agreement upon which to build towards Paris.

Countries have committed to announcing their emissions reduction targets by the first quarter of next year.

The United Nations seeks to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Resolution levels, but scientists say current emission trends could hike temperatures to more than twice that level by century's end.

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Jun 10, 2014
They should start by publishing what the carbon footprint of this summit is, and their plan to pay/account for it.

Jun 10, 2014

Dems are trying to legislate a narrative change hurting the American people in the process! All Democrats and supporters here and abroad, are trying to flood the media with hysterical climate change & global warming alarms to take the heat off Dem candidates in the November 2014 and 2016 elections due to the train wreck of Obamacare! They shout, scream, cry, make outlandish claims and won't stop till after the elections! Poor Democrats! The tsunami cometh!

Jun 12, 2014
So typical of the AGW Cult of ignorant cowards, who would down vote my comment and then quietly float back down to the bottom of their cesspool of ignorance.

Jun 12, 2014
Not a peep from the AGW Cult on the enormous waste of time and money, not to mention detriment to the environment by this single event.

Jun 15, 2014
Here chickie chickies. What, the AGW Chicken Littles have nothing to say about this colossal waste of a summit.

Jun 15, 2014
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