World on track to clinch deal as climate threat grows, UN says

Ms Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Climate Week gathering in Singapore on July 10, 2018.
Ms Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Climate Week gathering in Singapore on July 10, 2018.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

SINGAPORE - The world is on track to agree on the rules of a sweeping deal that aims to put the brakes on climate change, the UN's climate chief said on Tuesday (July 10). However, a lot of negotiation remains ahead of key talks in December.

These face added urgency as the impact of climate change - from floods, heatwaves, droughts and rising sea levels - becomes ever more apparent. Record-breaking heat in the Northern Hemisphere in recent weeks and unprecedented rain in Japan have killed scores of people, showing that weather extremes have become the new normal.

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