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Experts want less than 2 degrees Celsius change


11-29-2015 18:34 BJT

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The aim of the climate conference is to reach a legally binding deal to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. A climate expert says there is still a long way to go before reaching that goal.

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber from the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research says the two degrees Celsius goal should be seen an "upper limit" and not a "guardrail", and many small island nations are hoping to set the target at 1.5 degree Celsius. He urged more efforts to be done.

"I think two things are important. The first is that every country truly honor its commitment in cutting emissions. I'm very confident in China on this aspect. We know China always honors its commitment. But we are worried about some countries. We don't trust them. So it's very important to build an international assessment mechanism in Paris fairly and transparently. The second is we are now only making the first step. We must take further measures after the year 2020, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius," Hans Joachim Schellnhuber said.

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