U.N. conference opens on climate control
DURBAN — The U.N.’s top climate official said Sunday she expects governments to make a long-delayed decision on whether industrial countries should make further commitments to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.
Amid fresh warnings of climate-related disasters in the future, delegates from about 190 countries were gathering in Durban for a two-week conference beginning Monday. They hope to break deadlocks on how to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
Under discussion was “nothing short of the most compelling energy, industrial, behavioral revolution that humanity has ever seen,” she said.
The rallies were organized by opposition and right-wing Islamist groups in major cities of the nuclear-armed country of 187 million people, where opposition to the government’s U.S. alliance is rampant.
In Karachi, the port city used by the United States to ship supplies to troops fighting in Afghanistan, more than 700 people gathered outside the U.S. consulate, an Agence France-Presse photographer said.
Outside the press club in Karachi, dozens of political activists burned an effigy of Mr. Obama, an Agence France-Presse photographer added.
In the central city of Multan, more than 300 activists loyal to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as well as local traders, took to the streets, burning U.S. and NATO flags.