Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change

Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change

Veteran naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned that climate change will cause civilizational collapse if world leaders fail to set the global community on a low-emission path.

The 92-year-old TV presenter blamed humans for the "disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years".

"Carbon pollution has been rising since this government came to office and is projected to continue to rise all the way to 2030, which is as far as the government's projections go", he said, adding that "we are now pretty much the only major advanced economy where carbon pollution and greenhouse gases are going up rather than coming down".

Global leaders and officials are gathering for two weeks of meetings at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP24, to create a rulebook that will turn the 2015 Paris climate agreement into a workable reality.

The comments came at the beginning of a two-week climate conference in Katowice, Poland, where emissaries from almost 200 nations are meeting to determine how the world can dramatically scale back greenhouse gas emissions to abide by the landmark Paris climate agreement and, by doing so, stave off the worst effects of climate change.

Fast forward to December 2018's COP24 climate summit in Poland.

In a rare intervention, presidents of previous United Nations climate summits issued a joint statement as the talks got underway, calling on states to take "decisive tackle these urgent threats".

Under Paris, richer nations - responsible for the majority of historic greenhouse gas emissions - are expected to contribute funding that developing nations can access to make their economies greener.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the world is in "deep trouble" due to climate change.

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"Climate change is an existential threat to the world's poorest and most vulnerable".

Alexandros Maragos via Getty Images The U.N. chief chided countries for failing to do enough to back the 2015 Paris climate accord.

The agreement aims to bolster the response to combating climate change by setting a goal to keep global temperature rise well below the 2 degrees Celsius and actively seeking ways to keep the increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Many countries are already dealing with the droughts, higher seas and catastrophic storms climate change is exacerbating.

Addressing the event, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim highlighted the plight of the world's smallest and financially weak countries in the face of climate change, saying that they will bear the brunt of the impacts from climate change, CNN reported.

"We will see what comes out of it, because a conference is a conference but what is really important is what is actually done, the actions", she said.

The U.N. chief's remark was directed at conference host Poland, which relies on coal for 80 percent of its energy.

In a joint statement, France's Laurent Fabius, Frank Bainimarama from Fiji, Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, and Peru's Manuel Pulgar Vidal said: "The challenges are there, as are the solutions". "Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better". Let's trust that the COP24 movement will eventually become the rain that puts out the fire, meaning we will finally reverse the current climate change situation, which without a doubt, requires the implication of ALL countries and their inhabitants.

President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the USA out of the Paris agreement because of what he says is the economic damage the treaty's provisions would cause.

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