Climate change talks in Peru "must write history"

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View of Arctic polar ice rim. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The climate change talks in Lima must write history, according to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Christiana Figueres spoke on Monday at the opening of the climate conference in Peru, which aims to draft an agreement to stop the rise of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

During the next two weeks, thousands of leaders and climate experts will discuss what Ms Figueres described as "several critical lines of action".

With 2014 likely to be the hottest year on record, many organizations at the conference, such as the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), are raising their concerns.

Mariana Panuncio, who leads the Fund's efforts on climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, is worried about the effects of rising energy demands in the region.

"It is projected that the energy demand in Latin America is going to double in the next 20 years, and the question is—how are we going to source that energy? Are we going to choose fossil fuels or are we going to choose renewable energy?"  (14″)

Ms Panuncio added that the answers to these questions need to be answered by those working to protect the environment, before it becomes too late.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’14″

 

 

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