Paris: Political chiefs worldwide are under pressure to craft a new master plan to combat the threat of climate change after UN scientists delivered their most urgent warning on the issue.
Nearly 190 governments have been called for an 11-day conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia from 3December. The conference is being held under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
If the leaders come to a consensus on the issue, the conference will come up with a blueprint for two years of negotiations leading to a new pact for addressing global warming.
If the pact sees the day, industrialized countries will be pressed to massively reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases from the end of 2012. China, India and Brazil will be lobbied to crank up action against their own, surging pollution levels.
Nothing has ever been attempted on such a grand scale in the history of environmental policy and even diplomacy itself, say delegates girding themselves for the Bali marathon.