Pope calls for responsible, credible climate deal

November 27, 2011 - 7:30 AM
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Pope Benedict XVI holds an audience for members of the Caritas, in St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI says the global economic crisis requires a courageous show of brotherhood. Benedict also expressed concern in a speech Thursday at the Vatican that there is a risk that hope will diminish amid the growing troubles, including the uncertainty that young people feel amid the economic crisis. The pope said

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has urged this week's U.N. climate change conference in South Africa to craft a responsible and credible deal to cut greenhouse gases that takes into account the needs of the poor.

Government ministers from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the final sessions of the two-week conference that opens Monday in Durban. The immediate focus is the pending expiry of the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement requiring 37 industrialized countries to slash carbon emissions to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Benedict said Sunday he hoped the international community would "agree on a responsible and credible response to this worrisome and complex phenomenon, taking into account the needs of the poorest and future generations."