PM Turnbull promises action on climate change, Paris protests continue

PM Turnbull promises action on climate change, Paris protests continue

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is willing to discuss boosting Australia’s climate change action, and possibly increase its emissions reduction targets, during United Nations talks in Paris.

Nearly 200 world leaders have converged on Paris for the major UN climate summit, aimed at reaching a landmark agreement to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.

Mr Turnbull says he will strongly back proposed five year reviews of countries’ emissions reduction targets, to ensure every country is meeting its obligations.

He says while he believes Australia’s commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030 is reasonable, he is leaving room for negotiation.

Meanwhile, French police have used tear gas to disperse protestors, following clashes in Paris at a climate demonstration.

More than 200 people have been arrested after pelting riot police with bottles and candles, from one of the tributes for victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Earlier, around 4,500 activists linked hands in a peaceful protest outside the Bataclan stadium, calling on world leaders to do more to tackle climate change.

Police cancelled a planned climate change march through the streets of Paris, following the deadly terror attacks earlier this month.

Instead, thousands of activists have left pairs of shoes on the ground at the Place de la Republique square, including a pair left by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Image: Reuters

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