Timid accord Lima Climate Change Conference

Inching towards an agreement in Paris in 2015

The Lima draft requires every nation to submit, over the next six months, a detailed domestic policy plan to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases from coal, gas and oil. These would be published on a United Nations website. They will form the basis of the accord to be signed next December in Paris and enacted by 2020.

Scientists say that a 2⁰C temperature rise will tip the Planet into dangerous and irreversible effects, such as melting sea ice, rising sea levels, increased flooding and droughts, food and water shortages, and more extreme storms.

Vulnerable island nations have called for financing to help them adapt to the ravages of climate change.

The really difficult issues — financing, adaptation, monitoring and ultimate emissions reductions — are left to be ironed out over the next 12 months