Obama remarks on climate change, activists march in KC

Then-Senator Barack Obama delivers a speech in 2008. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

President Barack Obama told world leaders at the United Nations-sponsored summit on climate change in Paris that the threat posed by climate change is the defining challenge of the century.

Obama told the assembled dignitaries that no nation was immune from the effects of climate change. He said the U.S., the world’s biggest economy and its second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, accepts its role for contributing to the problem and shares the responsibility to fix it.

Two weeks of climate talks are still ahead, with at least 147 heads of state and government due to address envoys. So far, 177 of the 195 participating nations have submitted pledges to address climate change.

Locally, more than 100 people marched in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon to call for immediate action on what they called the “crisis of climate change.” The event was one of about 2,000 held over the weekend in cities around the globe ahead of the United Nations summit.

Read more from Bloomberg and the Kansas City Star

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