G7 energy ministers upbeat on Paris climate deal

Tue May 12, 2015 11:32am EDT
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HAMBURG/BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) - Energy ministers from the Group of Seven industrial nations said on Tuesday there was unprecedented consensus among them on the urgency of limiting climate change, markedly improving prospects for a U.N. climate deal in Paris later this year.

Almost 200 nations will gather in Paris from the end of November to try and agree a new worldwide agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the rise in average global temperatures to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

The ministers of G7 -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- met for two days in the German port city of Hamburg.

Participants recognised that the G7's efforts should be directed towards getting a world climate deal, German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel told a news conference after the summit.

"I've never experienced so much agreement when it comes to the targets of G7 countries," Gabriel said.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said a deal later this year looked more likely than before.   Continued...