Leaders gathered for climate summit pose for family photo

World leaders gathered for the United Nations-sponsored climate summit pose for family photo as the 2-week meeting gets underway.

LE BOURGET, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 30, 2015)(HOST BROADCASTER) – World leaders gathered at the Paris climate summit will launch an ambitious attempt on Monday (November 30) to hold back the earth’s rising temperatures, seeking common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from dependence on fossil fuels.

After the opening session and before the leaders themselves take the floor for their speeches, they gathered for a family photo.

Some 150 heads of state, including U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, arrived at the United Nations climate change talks armed with promises and accompanied by high expectations.

After decades of struggling negotiations and the failure of a previous summit in Copenhagen six years ago, some form of landmark agreement appears all but assured by mid-December.

Warnings from climate scientists, demands from activists and exhortations from religious leaders like Pope Francis, coupled with major advances in cleaner energy sources like solar power, have all added to pressure to cut the carbon emissions held responsible for warming the planet.

Most scientists say failure to agree on strong measures in Paris would doom the world to ever-hotter average temperatures, bringing with them deadlier storms, more frequent droughts and rising sea levels as polar ice caps melt.