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Vatican joins international call for climate action

The Vatican Academy of Sciences and the UN have teamed up to stress that human activities are behind climate change, and that urgent action is needed to mitigate its effects.

On 28 April, the Vatican gathered around 60 scientists, religious leaders, entrepreneurs and diplomats at a climate change and poverty conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. After the meeting, participants signed a joint declaration urging for further investments in sustainable development to decarbonise energy production by 2050.

The move comes ahead of a UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, to be held in Paris in September. "The world should take note that COP21 may be the last effective opportunity to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming below 2 degrees celsius," states the declaration. "Political leaders of all UN member states have a special responsibility to agree to a bold climate agreement that confines global warming to a limit safe for humanity, while protecting the poor and the vulnerable."

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