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Thursday 19 October 2017

Kenny tells UN 'clock is ticking' on climate

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has warned that the "clock is ticking" in the race to cut carbon emissions to try to offset the worst effects of global warming.

Mr Kenny (inset) made the remarks at the UN Climate summit in New York, where world leaders have gathered to discuss the threat of weather chaos and rising sea levels.

In his four-minute address, he told those assembled that Ireland is a world leader in reducing its carbon emissions footprint.

He said: "Global warming is a stark reality that can only be dealt with by a collective global response. We are all interdependent. We share a common humanity, and each of us must play our part."

Mr Kenny said the conference was called because of the failure of a previous agreement signed in Copenhagen, and added it was an important precursor to a key summit in Paris next year.

"Copenhagen wasn't the success people might have imagined, simply because agreement couldn't be had from all of the leading nations," he said.

"What's going on here today is that countries are invited to set out their individual national agendas and Ireland has a very good track record on this.

"All of the main themes conclude that the clock is ticking, that we don't have any time to waste."

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