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Agreement made at UN world climate panel in Japan

Yokohama - Scientists and government representatives meeting in Japan have agreed on a new World Climate Report after days and nights of negotiation, delegation sources said Sunday.

The working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) will formally present the summary for policymakers text on Monday.

The second of a three-part report assessing the global climate is to be an important basis for public policies on climate change.

The report by the UN-backed panel is the culmination of four years’ work by hundreds of experts, the IPCC said, and takes into account an earlier assessment of the scientific aspects of climate change released in September.

The IPCC warned then that humans were primarily responsible for global warming, which has led to a faster-than-predicted rise in sea levels, rapidly melting glaciers and ice sheets.

A third report, which will outline possible ways to curb climate change, is due for release in April in Berlin.

A summit in Paris in 2015 will focus on the creation of new international climate treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the first phase of which came to an end in 2012.

DPA




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