At-risk nations to make case at UN climate summit

At-risk nations to make case at UN climate summit

At-risk nations to make case at UN climate summit

COP24, the UN's annual climate summit, kicked off in Katowice, Poland.

"A failure to address climate change will hurt us all", said ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO.

Without drastic action, there will be catastrophic consequences, he warned.

The Secretary-General noted that climate change is already "a matter of life and death" for many people, nations and countries of the world, and that the science is telling us we need to move faster.

Guterres called climate change as "the most important issue we face".

Ongoing meetings over the next two weeks at the COP24 will be fundamental for countries around the world to really show their compromise to get the ball rolling on what they committed to in Paris three years ago.

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.

"We achieved success in Paris because negotiators were working toward a common goal", and called for urgent collaboration to "ensure that the bonds of trust established in Paris will endure".

Poorer nations argue that rich countries, which are responsible for the vast majority of historic carbon emissions, must help others to fund climate action.

Gaye was referring to a commitment that had been made in the climate conference in Paris by developed and rich countries to ramp up climate financing by $100 billion by 2020 to assist developing countries in fighting the climate change.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the action film star and former governor of California, said the United States was "still in" the Paris accord to curb global warming despite President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from it.

The 2015 accord set a goal of keeping average global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

Recent EDF research demonstrates that well-designed worldwide carbon markets can roughly double emissions reductions relative to current NDCs for the same overall cost of achieving current NDCs, compared to each country acting on its own.

But Guterres said governments should embrace the opportunities of shifting to a "green economy" rather than cling to fossil fuels such as coal, which are blamed for a significant share of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Without drastic action, the planet is on pace to warm an additional two to three degrees by the year 2100.

"We have a collective responsibility to invest in averting global climate chaos", he said.

The 2018 Emissions Gap Report from UN Environment which annually presents a definitive assessment of the "emissions gap" - the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to levels consistent with a 2/1.5 degrees Celsius target.

Host-nation president Andrzej Duda said Poland, which relies on coal for about 80 per cent of the nation's energy, has no plan to give up coal entirely and that the country's use of it doesn't get in the way with fighting climate change.

A string of United Nations reports have sounded the alarm: levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are the highest in 3 million years and the last four years were the four hottest in history.

And researchers have also found that climate change is contributing to the destruction of some of the world's most vulnerable natural habitats and is compounding natural disasters, like hurricanes, by increasing rainfall.

"America is more than just Washington or one leader", he said, calling Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for deciding to withdraw from the Paris accord. Over the weekend, 19 G20 member states reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate accord - except for the USA, which pulled out of the landmark agreement a year ago.

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