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World's Catholic bishops issue appeal to Paris climate talks

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Posted at 7:45 AM, Oct 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-26 08:45:30-04

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic patriarchs, cardinals and bishops representing five continents have issued a 10-point appeal to climate negotiators in Paris to approve a "transformative" and fair, legally binding agreement that sets global temperature limits and decarbonization goals to save the planet from climate-induced catastrophe.

The representatives of bishops conferences from around the globe signed the appeal Monday in a renewed push to encourage climate negotiators meeting next month to heed Pope Francis' call to protect God's creation and the poor who suffer most from its exploitation.

The 10-point proposal calls for governments to approve legally binding limits to global average temperatures, set a mid-century decarbonization goal and provide binding and ambitious mitigation commitments that recognize the different responsibilities for, and abilities to adapt to, global warming.