Concern about the consequences of climate change is growing more and more urgent.
“The results of climate change will be uncontrollable if we don’t limit global warming to two degrees,” said German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue VI in Berlin.
Her warning was echoed by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. “Climate change is accelerating. What we need is a more climate-friendly economy. We must now deliver results,” he said.
A binding worldwide climate agreement will be signed in December in Paris to take effect in 2020.
The annual Petersberg Climate Dialogue, launched in 2010 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, of the center-right Christian Democratic Party (CDU), is one effort to address the crisis by better preparing for the official summits.
This year, one of the most important questions is how emerging and developing nations can play a part in climate protection so that it doesn’t fall solely to industrialized nations.