Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Margareta Wahlstrom attends a press conference on weather-related disasters from 1995 to 2015 on Nov. 23, 2015 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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The U.N. Monday detailed a doubling in weather-related disasters over the last three decades, a week before nearly 140 world leaders gather in terror-struck Paris to thrash out a crucial climate pact.Paris is preparing for what may be the largest summit ever outside the U.N. headquarters in New York, in an atmosphere of high tension following last week's jihadist attacks in the French capital which left 130 people dead.Even after six years of preparatory negotiations, the 195 countries gathering under the U.N. flag remain sharply divided on a slew of intertwined issues.Some 170 nations accounting for more than 90 percent of the world's greenhouse gas output have filed carbon-cutting plans ahead of the Paris meeting – but these voluntary commitments are not enough to get the job done, and place Earth on a dangerous 3 C trajectory.The United States has consistently said it will not inscribe its emissions reduction targets -- 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 – in a legally-binding international treaty.
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