The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

UN climate change talks involving nearly 200 nations open in Qatari capital


DOHA (AFP) - Nearly 200 nations launched a new round of United Nation (UN) climate talks in Doha on Monday to review commitments to cutting Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

The UN 18th Climate Change Conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail.

"Climate change is the most serious sustainable environment challenge of our time. We must act now," South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in opening the two-week meeting.

Topping the agenda in Doha is the launch of a follow-up commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, the world's only binding pact for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.