Date
29 May 2017
Environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Trust poses challenge to Paris climate accord

Negotiators entered their second and final week of talks to cobble a global climate pact in Paris, with the discussion focusing on how to make sure countries live up to their commitments.

National pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are not likely to be legally binding due largely to resistance from the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported.

As such, US and European negotiators insist the agreement will need a clear system for measuring and reporting emissions, the newspaper said.

Accurate data on emissions will serve as basis for updating emissions-reduction pledges to make sure global warming can be kept within acceptable limits, the negotiators said.

However, emerging economies like China and India don’t like monitoring from the outside, viewing such arrangement as unwanted interference.

Meanwhile, smaller developing nations say they lack the means and expertise to abide by the same standards followed by their more prosperous counterparts.

The push for a new, more unified system to measure and verify national emissions is part of a larger effort to narrow the division between developed and developing countries under international climate agreements, the Journal said.

Talks are scheduled to wrap up on Friday, but many officials expect them to run into the weekend, the report said.

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