56 newspapers from 45 countries ask for fair climate deal

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 treaty.