London: Fifty six newspapers in 45 nations
today took an unprecedented step to speak in one voice to ask
politicians of 192 countries attending the Copenhagen climate
summit to reach a "fair and effective deal" on climate change
and not fail the humanity.
"Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate
change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and
security," the front page common editorial said.
The editorial, printed in The Guardian, said the
world needs to take steps to limit temperature rises to 2C, an
aim that will require global emissions to peak and begin
falling within the next five to ten years.
"A bigger rise of 3 to 4 C - the smallest increase we
can produently expect to follow inaction - would parch
continents, turning farmland into desert.
Half of all species could become extinct, untold
millions of people would be displaced, whole nations drowned
by the sea.
"The editorial said "the politicians in Copenhagen can
and must agree the essential elements of a fair and effective
deal and, crucially, a firm timetable for turning it into a