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Dalai Lama says strong action on climate change is a 'human responsibility'

Prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, center flanked by government officials unveils the Tibet Climate Action poster during the launch of a campaign in Dharamsala, India, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged the world’s nations to take strong action to limit global warming and to protect fragile environments including the Himalayan glaciers and Tibetan plateau.(AP Photo/Shailesh Bhatnagar)

Prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, center flanked by government officials unveils the Tibet Climate Action poster during the launch of a campaign in Dharamsala, India, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged the world’s nations to take strong action to limit global warming and to protect fragile environments including the Himalayan glaciers and Tibetan plateau.(AP Photo/Shailesh Bhatnagar)  (The Associated Press)

The Dalai Lama is urging the world's nations to take strong action to limit global warming and protect fragile environments including the Himalayan glaciers and Tibetan plateau.

He calls climate change a "problem which human beings created" and says the entire world is responsible for taking action.

The 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader issued his plea in a pre-taped video released as part of a campaign launched by the Tibetan government-in-exile in the north Indian hill town of Dharmala, where the Dalai Lama is based.

Temperatures for Tibet's high-altitude plateau — referred to as the Roof of the World, or the Third Pole — are rising about three times faster than the global average, and are 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than were 50 years ago.