A view of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. Discussions on how to disburse $100 billion a year to poor, climate-vulnerable nations remain contentious.
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Just days after the landmark Paris climate pact comes into force Friday, diplomats from 196 nations gathering in Marrakesh will face intense pressure to translate its planet-saving promise into action.Even if all national carbon-cutting pledges joined to the Paris pact are kept, Earth will heat up some 3 degrees Celsius by century's end, a recipe for climate devastation, according to a U.N. Environment Program report released Thursday.Discussions on how to disburse $100 billion a year to poor, climate-vulnerable nations remain contentious, even as a major report estimates that the level of annual investment needed over the next 15 years in developing nations is 20 to 30 times that amount.National carbon-cutting pledges that go into effect in 2020 fall seriously short of what is needed to cap global warming under 2 C compared to preindustrial era levels, the target set in Paris.Recent news from climate scientists is not comforting.
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