UN's Ban says time to scale up action on climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the Climate Action 2016 conference in Washington, DC on May 5,
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the Climate Action 2016 conference in Washington, DC on May 5, 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said action on climate change must be faster and broader to turn the promises of the Paris deal on combatting global warming into concrete measures.

"It is time to take action to the next level," Ban told a gathering in Washington that included the mayors of New York and Paris, environmental campaigner Al Gore, business leaders and members of the US Congress.

"We need to accelerate the speed, scope and scale of our response, locally and globally."

The meeting, dubbed Climate Action 2016, came two weeks after 175 countries signed the Paris climate deal at the United Nations, raising hopes that the landmark deal will be quickly ratified.

The Paris agreement will come into force when 55 countries responsible for 55 percent of the world's greenhouse gases have ratified it.

"We cannot afford to lose momentum because with each passing day the grows," said World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

"It seems that every time we look it's worse than we thought," he added, citing record hot temperatures that have now "become the new norm."

Economic growth is already being hit, with some regions seeing a 6 percent drop because of water scarcity alone, said Jim.

Agreed by 195 nations, the Paris deal sets the goal of limiting to "well below" 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (two Celsius) above pre-industrial levels, by moving to clean energy.

French Environment Minister Segolene Royal sounded upbeat, saying there was a new awareness from many countries that were not fully committed to .

Royal told AFP she wants the Paris agreement to enter into force before the end of this year.

China and the United States have said they will ratify the Paris this year and are pushing for others to follow suit so that the agreement becomes operational, possibly as early as late 2016 or in 2017.

Ban said he is convening a similar meeting to the Washington gathering in Beijing in September on the sidelines of the G20 summit to keep climate change high on the world agenda.


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May 06, 2016
The elimination of bathroom diversity where each sex has a separate restroom is a political movement which advocates private sexual fantasies must be accepted by the public. Climate change is a political movement which advocates private climate science fantasies must be accepted by the public by the elimination of diversity of climate change opinions. Climate change and clothing change rooms are unified by this ToE like unideology which I should get the Nobel Prize for discovering.

May 06, 2016
Yes..yes..hurry up...Al needs another mansion where he can burn 24 times the average US household's electricity..no..wait...I mean..pretend to be green.

May 06, 2016
See; as I've been banging on about since the day I signed up, the #1 thing feeding deniers' climate sociopathy is the hypocrisy of those that accept the hypothesis.

Until you can give me a discriminating function that allows me to tell deniers from those alarmed about AGW based on behavior, it's all rhetoric. In another generation the deniers will be regarded as stupid Luddites. The hard questions will be for those that said they were very alarmed...but did nothing about their choice of where they live, work, drive, size of family, their religion's stance on birth control, consumption, etc.

I moved to where I don't have to use AC or heat. Show of hands on that one? Gave up a six figure job to struggle with a start-up that was much more sustainable in every way. Again? Gave my car away after Exxon Valdez. No one yet? Have not had biological children. Eat nothing factory farmed. Grow 40% of what I eat. Oh, and I'm disabled and it HURTS to walk.

Hypocrites suck.

May 06, 2016
That's being very concerned about climate change. The rest of you are very concerned about APPEARING to be concerned about climate change. And policing deniers' behavior.

I'll say it again. If 1/3 as many people cared about the environment as care about their ego identity as an environmentalist, we'd be much further towards a solution.

You're vermin. You act like vermin. Stop pretending and get real.

May 06, 2016
Wow. You have to be the dumbest fuck to give me a 1 for denouncing Al, the very worse of what you so despise. Then again, you do need someway to justify your sorry existence.

May 06, 2016
Until you can give me a discriminating function that allows me to tell deniers from those alarmed about AGW based on behavior, it's all rhetoric


Hey, troll rating puppet master,.... we agree on something. I've been saying for years here that the natural instincts of individuals, precludes them from acting "for the collective" and with the "next century in mind".

Anyone who expects people, en masse, to act counter to their natural instincts, are either not serious about solving the problem, or are not very bright. I'm thinking you're in the latter category given your disturbed penchant for playing with dozens of sock-puppets.

AGW is not problem of personal behaviour,.. nor is it a problem of government regulation. It IS a problem of energy technology. That is where the focus should be. But yet we see liberal controlled government instead of making nuclear safer, actively working counter to that technology. And where is massive funding of future energy technology?


May 06, 2016
AGW is not problem of personal behaviour

It is a problem of personal behavior - namely the behavior of voting, and supporting the right policies. But yeah, telling people to "turn off the lights" etc, is BS and accomplishes very little.
It IS a problem of energy technology. That is where the focus should be... And where is massive funding of future energy technology?

I agree. The focus IS on energy technology, and it IS being massively funded. Why do you think the price of solar has been plunging so absurdly quickly over the past few years? In just a few more years, it'll be the cheapest power out there.
But yet we see liberal controlled government instead of making nuclear safer, actively working counter to that technology.

Yeah, there are a lot of stupid liberals opposing nuclear power, no argument there. The technology is advancing regardless.

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