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Sun 4 Dec 2011 11:58 AM

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Thousands march to demand action on climate change

Activists hope latest UN meet in South Africa will result in binding promises to cut greenhouse gases

Thousands march to demand action on climate change
Greenpeace activists hold banners and shout slogans during a protest to demand action to combat global warming as experts hold UN climate talks, on Dec 3 (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
Non-governmental organisations and local grassroots groups announced a protest march under the banner of 'climate justice' (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
Protesters wearing COP17 (the 17th Conference of the Parties) uniforms run and shout slogans during a protest to demand action to combat global warming (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
The 12-day, 194-nation talks, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will enter a high-level phase this week with the arrival of ministers, and end on Dec 9 (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
Some thousands protesters pulling with a giant octopus puppet with an American coloured hat take part in a march in Durban (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
The UN's climate chief said she believes countries can snap the deadlock that has lasted for years and sign up to fresh and binding commitments to cut greenhouse gases
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
'Countries are now looking at how they might bring about a second commitment period and no longer if there is going to be a second commitment period,' climate chief Christiana Figueres told Reuters
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
The major players on the global stage have laid out their positions since the talks opened on Monday, with China and the US, the two biggest emitters, each waiting for the other to commit before agreeing to a binding deal
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
Canada, Russia and Japan have said they will not renew the 1997 Kyoto Protocol pledges that expire next year, while the EU wants to broker a new, global pact
Thousands march to demand action on climate change
However, China, which like the US and India is not bound by Kyoto's obligations, has helped revive the troubled Durban talks by saying it could join a legally binding deal to cut its emissions of the heat-trapping gases