Al Gore optimistic about 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference

Al Gore optimistic about 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said he is optimistic that world leaders would be able to reach a climate change deal at a top-level international climate summit that is scheduled to start later this month in Paris.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference is scheduled to take place in Paris, from November 30 to December 11, 2015. It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of parties to the 1992 UNFCCC and the eleventh session of the Meeting of Parties of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Gore, who helped negotiate the 1997 climate treaty that could not control the issue, said in an interview that the upcoming conference would be different.

In the interview, Gore said, “I’m optimistic. We’re going to win this. We need to win it faster because a lot of damage is being done day by day. We continue to put 110 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every 24 hours as if it’s an open sewer.”

The former vice president has long been portrayed by critics as a preacher of gloom and doom for raising alarms regarding global warming and its potential deadly effects. But he used words like “optimistic,” “hopeful” and “positive” more than 16 times, before finishing with a note of buoyancy.

Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris climate conference will not require ratification by the U.S. Senate and each nation will participate with a set reduction target. U.S. representatives are going to Paris with a target of cutting emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025.

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