Asia’s views hold key to (lack of) climate change accord
Special to Nikkei
Negotiators are gathering in Paris in the first two weeks of December to try to craft an international accord to deal with climate change. A similar meeting in Copenhagen six years ago ended in discord and no binding deal. This year, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, publics around the world overwhelmingly say they are concerned about global warming. A median of nearly eight-in-ten people across the forty nations surveyed say they support their government signing an agreement to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
Asian nations — China, India and Japan — are now three of the top five annual emitters of CO2, which represents the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions. So, Asian public opinion about climate change could prove pivotal to success or stalemate in Paris.
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