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France Urges Strong Climate Agreement

French President, Francois Hollande has called for a climate agreement at the opening of a global summit in Paris.

He said that the agreement should include a commitment to cap temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius and 1.5 degrees if possible while calling for a 5-year review and revisions based on scientific development.

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Hollande also warned against isolating any country to face climate change alone.

Speaking after a moment of silence held by the more than 150 heads of state for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov.13, Hollande said, “I am not choosing between the fight against terrorism and the fight against global warming.”

He added that a changing climate would prompt even more conflict over resources, adding that “essentially what is at stake at this climate conference is peace”.

 

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