Obama Calls World Leaders to curb Global Warming
On Tuesday, at the United Nations event, US President Barack Obama talked about climate change and asked other United Nation members to support efforts against rising heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Obama has called all members to sign an agreement to control global warming.
In his UN speech, Obama said, "We can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every nation, developed and developing alike. No nation can meet this global threat alone".
Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, had organized the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23 to create momentum for a new international agreement to make a final decision during United Nations Talks in 2015 in Paris.
State heads from more than 120 countries had taken part in the summit, but the heads from India and China, who are among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, had been missing from the meeting.
The UN Secretary General had organized the event as global emissions continue to rise.
According to Obama, climate is continuously changing with a rate faster than the efforts to deal with it. He said that hurricanes and floods have been impacted by more frequent extreme weather events. The President praised his administration's moves to control carbon emissions from power plants.
While announcing technological assistance to nations at high risk, Obama said the United States is dedicated to do its part, and it will help other countries to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gases. In his speech, he addressed China by saying that United States and China have been the largest emitters, and the two nations have to take special responsibility to deal with the issue.
About 32 countries and 39 companies signed the 'New York Declaration on Forests', accepting that forests play a vital role in climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but when cut down, they release greenhouse gases.
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