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Iceland’s PM at Climate Conference

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Iceland’s PM at Climate Conference

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is attending the 21st UN Climate Conference (COP21, Conference of Parties), which opens in Paris today, mbl.is reports. The conference begins with a meeting of heads of state. It concludes December 11.

There are expectations that during the conference a climate agreement will be signed by all members of the Kyoto Protocol, which would go into effect in 2020. Over 150 nations have submitted their goals to reduce greenhouse gasses to the Paris conference. About 45,000 people will attend the conference, including more than 140 heads of state.

Hundreds of people participated in a Global Climate March in Reykjavík yesterday. The march was one of 1,500 worldwide.

Globally, the marches had two demands: that states attending the Paris conference stop burning fossil fuels, and that developed countries provide developing ones with financial support to adjust to and use clean and renewable energy.

The march in Reykjavík demanded that Iceland reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses by at least 40 percent by 2030, become carbon neutral by 2050, and that all plans for oil exploration and drilling in the Dreki area be canceled.

Recent declarations by Icelandic authorities of their intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent have been met with skepticism, since it came to light that by that they meant a reduction of 40 percent by European nations combined.

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