Negotiators from all countries in the world at the Lima Climate Change Talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming. The new plan will bind all countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
The plan was agreed by UN talks on Sunday. It was recognised as an important step towards a climate change deal that would be finalized in Paris the following year.
The plan also calls on countries to create proposals that would help cut carbon pollution by March the following year.
According to Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, “As a text it’s not perfect, but it includes the positions of the parties.”
However, many climate and environmental experts said that the new plan was too weak to help limit all carbon emissions in the world to 2C above pre-industrial levels or to protect damage against weaker and disaster-prone countries against climate change.
“It’s definitely watered down from what we expected,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
They also warned negotiators had left too many contentious issues unresolved before the deadline for reaching a deal in Paris. “The countdown clock to Paris is now ticking. Countries had the chance to give themselves a head start on the road to Paris but instead have missed the gun and now need to play catch up,” said Mohammed Adow, Christian Aid’s senior climate change advisor.