United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (R) rides the New York City MTA 6 subway train to meet with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio at City Hall in New York, New York, June 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / UNITED NATIONS / MARK GARTEN
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The United Nations seized World Environment Day Thursday to demand action on climate change to protect small island states threatened by rising seas, drought and floods.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the world's 52 small island states contributed less than one percent of greenhouse-gas emissions annually, yet found themselves "on the front lines" in terms of impacts.The Bonn session is a stepping stone to a special UN climate summit in September and the annual decision-making conference in December in Lima under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) banner.It takes place against a backdrop of grim news from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which fears that by 2100 the planet will be up to 4.8 C warmer and sea levels 26-82 centimetres (10-32 inches) higher.
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