Climate activists protest as G20 leaders meet in Rome

Holding colourful placards and playing drums, peaceful protesters gathered in central Rome demanding that world leaders "act now" to save the planet.

On Saturday, leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies kicked off two days of talks where they were set to acknowledge the existential threat of climate change, but stop short of radical new commitments to tame global warming.

A draft communique seen by Reuters shows major countries are only likely to slightly toughen previous pledges on climate action, while failing to set tough new targets that activists say are vital to prevent environmental catastrophe.

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