Taoiseach promises Ireland will play its role on climate change

Taoiseach tells UN climate summit that Ireland is a ‘world leader in carbon-efficient agriculture and food production’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny addressing  the Climate Summit  at  the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny addressing the Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Ireland will play its part in the EU’s contribution to worldwide efforts to deal with “the stark reality of global warming”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny pledged in New York yesterday. In his speech to the UN climate summit, Mr Kenny said: “We will only succeed in tackling climate change if we adopt a sustainable and truly collective approach, one that is ambitious but fair, that is challenging but achievable.”

Saying that leading nations “have to step forward” so that others would follow, Mr Kenny said leaders “must show conviction” that the targets they set were fair and achievable to keep the rise in global temperatures below two degrees.

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