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Paris climate vows sounding hole: UK PM

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the promises made in the landmark Paris climate accord are starting to sound “frankly hollow” six years later.

Johnson struck a grim note on Sunday at the end of a G20 summit in Rome, where leaders’ commitments to curb climate change, he said, were “drops in a rapidly warming ocean”.

“If we don’t act now, the Paris agreement will be looked at in the future not as the moment humanity opened its eyes to the problem but the moment we flinched and looked away,” the UK leader said.

The 2015 Paris accords seek to keep the rise “well below” 2C and to “pursue efforts” to limit it to 1.5C.

The United Kingdom had hoped for a “G20 bounce” going into the UN climate change conference that started on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland.

But Johnson said the group of large economies needed to go much further.

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