Thursday, 13 December, 2018


United Nations chief Guterres calls for more action to tackle climate change

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Kristine Garrett | 05 December, 2018, 17:23

He added the Paris agreement was not enough and that more must be done.

The UN chief chided countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for failing to do enough to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord, which set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius - ideally 1.5 degrees C - by the end of the century.

NEGOTIATORS began their work to stitch together the mechanisms to implement the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, the Indian government urged developed country parties to increase the "scope", "scale" and "speed" of money that they are mandated to provide to the developing nations to facilitate actions to fight climate change.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century.

Residents of the world's smaller islands, many of whom face catastrophic flooding from higher sea levels in a warming world, have been among the world's most vocal backers of measures to combat climate change.

Attenborough issued a plea for action on behalf of humanity: "If we don't take action the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon". With further meetings next year meant to build on what's decided in Katowice, Kurtyka urged all countries to "show creativity and flexibility".

The climate change talks got a boost when 19 of 20 G-20 nations meeting in Buenos Aires reaffirmed their commitment to fighting climate change.

While the Polish government claims Katowice is in the process of transforming into a green city, power plant chimneys pumped plumes of smoke into a boring December sky and monitoring sites showed elevated levels of air pollution.

Schwarzenegger also insisted that the United States was "still in" an worldwide accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from the agreement. Drivers of climate change, principally fossil fuel combustion, contribute to about 7 million deaths worldwide from outdoor and indoor air pollution annually, according to the report. At the top of the agenda is the so-called Paris rulebook, which will determine how governments record and report their greenhouse emissions and efforts to cut them.

Negotiators are also expected to put forth plans to help developing nations adapt to a warming climate.

Such a move, which experts say is the only way to achieve the 1.5-degree goal, would require a radical overhaul of the global economy.

"In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources", Guterres said.

Waskow, who has followed climate talks for years, said despite the Trump administration's refusal to back this global effort the momentum is going in the right direction.

"It's not one or two players anymore in the worldwide arena". "It's what I think you could call a distributed leadership, where you have a number of countries - some of them small or medium-sized - really making headway and doing it in tandem with cities and states and businesses".

Marches aimed at showing support for ending the use of coal-fired power plants and other efforts to limit climate change drew thousands of people over the weekend in Brussels, Berlin and Cologne.

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