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Rich nations urged to do more on global warming


Leaders of developing nations at the annual climate conference in Paris are chorusing that rich countries must do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The heads of more than150 countries have made speeches at the United Nations climate conference, known as COP21, which opened on Monday.

COP21 aims to reach an agreement by not just industrialized nations but all parties on a framework to reduce carbon emissions that stoke global warming.

It is also seeking to limit the global average temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi from India, the world's 3rd-largest emitter, said industrialized countries bear historical responsibility for inviting global warming, and they have the most room to make the cuts in emissions.

Modi also stressed in a meeting with US President Barack Obama that richer countries should aid efforts by developing countries.

Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente, who chairs a "Least Developed Countries" group, said climate change caused by developed countries is threatening their lives. He proposed an ambitious goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Kiribati President Anote Tong made a plea that substance, instead of lip service should be given to the urgent issue of global warming. His low-lying Pacific island nation faces the threat of submergence due to climate change.

Many leaders from developing nations called for a legally binding framework to make measures effective.


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