U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledges a push to implement a historic deal on climate change before sceptic Donald Trump takes over. Paul Chapman reports.
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting New Zealand, admits it's a race against time to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. He says the Obama administration will do all it can to do so before climate-change sceptic Donald Trump takes office. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Until January 20th when this administration is over we intend to do everything possible to meet our responsibility to future generations to be able to address the threat to life itself on the planet." The United States accounts for just under a fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. President-elect Donald Trump says global warming is a hoax perpetrated by China to gain an economic advantage. In the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, almost 200 nations are taking part in a two-week U.N. conference to turn promises into action on climate change. Chinese delegates say regardless of the U.S. election outcome China could assume the climate change leadership mantle. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LIU QIANG, DIRECTOR, CHINESE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE "I think from this perspective China will take the lead, especially actively participating in all kinds of activities in addressing climate change." For years Beijing fought attempts by foreign governments to limit carbon emissions. That stance has changed in the face of growing anger about choking smog in the capital and environmental devastation caused by rapid development across the country.