Confidence building that world can meet global climate change target

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Homes, water system and infrastructure in Shishmaref, Alaska, are being destroyed by a rising tide caused by climate change, to the point where homes are being abandoned as they literally fall into the ocean. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Lawrence Hislop

There is growing optimism that a key global climate change target can be met, according to the UN climate change secretariat, the UNFCCC.

In a report published on Friday, the UNFCC said that collectively, the national climate plans submitted by more than 140 countries could dramatically slow global greenhouse gas emissions.

Governments are meeting in Paris this December to agree an international treaty aimed at keeping the global temperature rise to less than two-degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The UNFCCC says the study shows this is possible.

Veronica Reeves reports.

The study assesses the impact of climate action plans from more than 140 countries and the European Union.

The plans cover countries that produce nearly 90 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions which are responsible for global warming.

Taken together, they can "dramatically slow" global emissions into the atmosphere, according to the report.

Experts at UNFCCC say this indicates that the two-degree limit can be met.

Agency chief Christiana Figueres says the combined national plans are a signal that governments are determined to play their part.

They also indicate that "the journey to a climate-safe future is underway."

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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