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Japan should pledge to phase out coal power plants at COP25

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The international conference on harmful climate change that will start on Dec. 2 in Spain should provide a fresh impetus to international efforts to push the world toward a carbon-free future.

The 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25 (the 25th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change), needs to serve as a springboard for progress ahead of key 2020 deadlines established by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Chile presides over the meeting, but the venue has been moved to Madrid due to political unrest in the South American country, which has been rocked by anti-government protests.

The final U.N. climate conference before the defining year of 2020, when many countries must submit new climate action plans, should address all key concerns to ensure that the rules set by the landmark climate pact will be implemented smoothly and effectively.

The Paris Agreement is aimed at reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases deeply enough to prevent global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and calls for efforts to limit the temperature........

© The Asahi Shimbun