Climate talks resume amid warnings of looming calamity
PARIS (AFP) - Nearly 200 nations gather in Doha from Monday for a new round of climate talks as a rush of reports warn extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail.
Negotiators will converge in the Qatari capital for two weeks under the United Nations banner to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.
Ramping up the pressure, expert reports warned in recent days that existing mitigation pledges are not nearly enough to limit warming to a manageable 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.
"A faster response to climate change is necessary and possible," UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said ahead of the talks. "Doha must make sure the response is accelerated."