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The Japan Times-Dec 4
A crucial United Nations conference in the international fight against climate change has begun in Poland. At stake is whether the nearly 200 participating countries can agree on concrete rules to implement the 2015 Paris agreement by the year-end deadline. The urgency of efforts to combat global warming has been highlighted by a raft of extreme weather that hit many countries, including Japan, this year, which experts warn is being exacerbated by climate change. The latest U.N. report shows that plans by nations in the accord to cut their greenhouse gas emissions are far insufficient to achieve the agreement’s goal to contain man-made rises in global temperatures. Japan, as one of the world’s major emitters, needs to step up to the plate and upgrade its efforts to reduce its emissions.
First published in: The Japan Times