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The Guardian quoted Nature magazine’s special analysis that indicates a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction, while 26% of mammal species and 13% of birds are similarly threatened. “In each case, the finger of blame points directly at human activities,” says its editorial. “This change in climate has been triggered by increasing emissions — from factories and power plants — of carbon dioxide, a gas that is also being dissolved in the oceans. As a result, seas are becoming more and more acidic and hostile to sensitive habitats”.

The Jakarta Times stated that “If a new treaty is inked in Paris next year, taking effect five years later in 2020, the governments should start agreeing on a common period that the initial greenhouse gas emissions-cut pledges would cover — whether a five-year commitment period as pushed by the US, which has set its target for 2025, or a 10-year period as preferred by the European Union, which has set a 2030 target. But first, something should be done to deal with the thorniest issues — the money and the blame game — or everything will go up in smoke.”

The Economic Times in India believes India should be “proactive and commit to smartly boost energy efficiency and reduce the output intensity of its carbon emissions. This would, in effect, cause emissions to peak (and then decline) in the foreseeable future. In tandem, the countries that already have high per-person emissions do need to explicitly commit to bring them down in a time-bound manner”. India, says the paper, also needs “to join hands with the US and others to research and spread next-generation clean-coal technologies and rev up alternate energy sources like solar and wind power”.

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