UN Global Perspective: focus on COP21, the UN Climate Change conference underway in Paris

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Family Photo of Leaders at COP21. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

World leaders rally together on climate change

Around 150 heads of state and government have gathered in the French capital in the hope of agreeing a deal which will, amongst other goals, keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius. The aim is to get countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions which trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. Scientists believe the two degree threshold is necessary to prevent serious consequences from global warming, such as an increase in severe weather events, for example droughts and rising sea levels. At the conference opening, world leaders were told they need to wake up to the severity of the dangers brought about by climate change. Cristina Silveiro is in Paris and has sent this report.


UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon speaks to UN Radio in Paris. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN chief convinced world leaders will adopt "ambitious" climate deal

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General says he’s convinced world leaders will adopt an “ambitious” climate deal at the conference, which is also known as COP21. Ban Ki-moon has made climate change issues a central focus of his tenure in office. Stephanie Coutrix sat down with Mr Ban and asked if he was optimistic that a deal would be reached in Paris.



Nuclear Plant. File Photo: IAEA

Nuclear can play important role in reducing climate change

One of the objectives of the Paris conference is to get countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include carbon dioxide, or CO2, which is created from burning coal, oil and other fossil fuels. Nuclear power, on the other hand, does not produce significant amounts of those harmful gasses. And while nuclear power can play an important role in reversing climate change, it's not the only solution, according to the UN's nuclear agency, the IAEA. David Shropshire is head of the IAEA’s Planning and Economic Studies Section. Daniel Dickinson asked him why countries across the world were not adopting nuclear power as a way to tackle climate change.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistants: Ana Carmo/Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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