Climate agreement crucial to avert "catastrophe"

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Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada. UN Photo/Kibae Park

A robust, legally binding agreement on gas emissions is crucial to avert what a UN expert has called a "climate catastrophe".

Virginia Dandan, a UN independent expert on human rights and international solidarity, has urged States to unite and "sincerely" commit to a new agreement on greenhouse emissions.

This would limit the production of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which are harmful to the environment.

Government representatives, NGOs and international organizations are gathering at a global conference in Lima, Peru on Monday to continue climate talks.

Ms Dandan said it is the duty of all governments to ensure that global warming can be maintained below two degrees centigrade.

She also warned that rising global temperatures is a worldwide concern as the atmosphere knows no territorial boundaries.

In December 2015, a climate change conference is scheduled to take place in Paris, where it's hoped the agreement will be endorsed.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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