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05 December 2018, 09:56 | Dale Webster
2018 – another record year for carbon emissions. Image by Carlos “Grury” Santos on Unsplash
"We are here to enable the world to act together on climate change", he said.
In a discussion paper released on Tuesday, the Finance Ministry's Department of Economic Affairs said the provision of money was one of the key components of the "rule-book" that was being finalised at the ongoing climate change conference in Katowice, and that the developed country parties must respond to recent scientific findings, most notably, that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and increase their financial commitments so that effective action against climate change could be taken. "Since 2012, we have been waiting for a national plan for the climate which implies a strategy, in the short and long term".
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.
The U.N. chief chided countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for failing to do enough to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.
The threat posed by global warming "has never been worse", United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa said Sunday.
The Paris accord set a goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius by 2030. The only holdout was the United States, which announced under President Donald Trump that it is withdrawing from the climate pact. 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. We are off-track, we will not reach 2020 with what was promised in Paris.
Attenborough issued a plea for action on behalf of humanity: "If we don't take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon".
Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like the cyborg he played in "The Terminator" so he could stop fossil fuels from being used. "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".
Not far from the COP24 venue in Katowice, Polish anti-coal campaigners held their own, smaller protest on Sunday. But the governor of Germany's most populous state said Sunday it was premature to set a firm date for phasing out the use of coal-fired power plants. German officials had hoped to present a blueprint for the country's exit from coal at the meeting in Katowice but an expert committee has delayed issuing its recommendations until next year.
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