Van Schalkwyk said such a situation could create a new phenomenon of "environmental refugees" on the continent. He said it was now time for action and that climate change presented a "make or break" challenge to world leaders. Van Schalkwyk said to avoid the worst effects of climate change, all countries needed to carry their fair share of responsibility to restrict global temperature increases to below 2º C. "It will be a failure of this generation of leaders if any developed country shirks its responsibility for the problem. The next 18 months will show whether world leaders, and in particular the largest historical polluter, the US , are ready to rise to this challenge," he said….
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