Aquino: Germany, France support aim to limit global warming below 1.5°C

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According to some scientists, an Earth warmer by 2°C can result in extreme weather.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday (December 5) said that both Germany and France are supporting the target to limit global warming below 1.5°C by the year 2100, a goal stated in the Manila-Paris Declaration.

The declaration was adopted on Monday (November 30) during the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or COP21.

It was adopted by leaders from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific, representing a significant number of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It calls for a lower target than the current goal of 2°C.

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Paris was the first stop in Aquino's European trip.

Aquino said the Philippines is among the countries that called for a universal and just solution against climate change.

As one of the most affected by climate change, the Philippines will benefit if a legally-binding agreement limiting carbon emissions is reached.

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"Ang maganda pa nga pong resulta: Suportado na rin ng France at Germany ang paninindigang huwag palagpasin sa 1.5 degrees celsius ang pag-angat ng global temperature... Habang dumarami nga po ang malalaki at industriyalisadong mga bansang pumapanig sa ating pusisyon, lalo ring nagiging epektibo at makabuluhan ang mga pagtitipon tulad ng COP 21," he said.

[Translation: "One good result was that France and Germany supported our stance to not allow the rise in global temperature to exceed 1.5°C... As more industrialized countries side with our stance, meetings like COP 21 will be more effective."]

He added that the country also asked for climate financing and technology that could help it achieve the target.