UN's Ban says time to scale up action on climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the Climate Action 2016 conference in Washington, DC on May 5, 2016UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said action on climate change must be faster and broader to turn the promises of the Paris deal on combatting global warming into concrete measures. “It is time to take climate action to the next level,” Ban told a gathering in Washington that included the mayors of New York and Paris, environmental campaigner Al Gore, business leaders and members of the US Congress. The meeting, dubbed Climate Action 2016, came two weeks after 175 countries signed the Paris climate deal at the United Nations, raising hopes that the landmark deal will be quickly ratified.

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