Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Obama and Hollande Call for Climate Action

The French and American Presidents have called for an ambitious global climate agreement. The French President, Francois Hollande has joined forced with US President Barack Obama to ask the world to increase clean energy, create jobs and help developing countries transition to a low carbon economy.

President Hollande arrived in the US on Monday, the same day that the leaders issued an op-ed that was published in the Washington Post and Le Monde newspapers.

Obama and Hollande are setting their sights on the 2015 deadline for a global climate agreement which is scheduled to be signed at the end of the year in Paris. This is welcome news as the rest of Europe has scaled back its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets due to ongoing economic woes. In addition to Europe, the US, Japan, Australia and Canada have all reneged on their original climate commitments.

© 2014, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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