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Civilisations and natural world on brink of collapse, David Attenborough warns

06 December 2018, 05:59 | Dale Webster

World urged to tackle 'urgent threats' as UN climate talks begin

Nations must triple efforts to achieve Paris climate goals: Study

The British broadcaster urged world leaders to respond to "our greatest threat in thousands of years". "If we don't take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of our world is on the horizon".

Speaking at the opening of the United Nations COP24 Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Attenborough implored the assembled delegates and decision-makers to listen to the voices of those they represent - while there's still time to act.

Negotiators from around the world began two weeks of talks on curbing climate change Sunday, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

The latest special report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that urgent changes are needed to avoid the vast economic and social costs that global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will entail.

TRT World's Assed Baig reports.

Governments around the world are taking aim at combatting climate change.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption".

The road to a final rulebook is far from smooth: the dust is still settling from US President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris accord.

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




"Almost one billion people will be counting on the LDC Group to deliver in Katowice, to ensure the protection of their lives and their livelihoods now and in the future."Regarding the just-ended G20 Summit that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, (30 Nov - 1 Dec), Mr. Endalew said: "Responsible for the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions, the G20 countries must take the lead in the global response to climate change".

Every signee has a different role to play, and the nitty-gritty of how they will work to keep global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius compared to preindustrial levels is the source of conversation at the COP24 climate talks, which just kicked off in Katowice, Poland, and will go on until December 14.

"The good news is that we do know a lot of what we need to be able to do to get there", said David Waskow of the World Resources Institute.

In order to prevent that, by 2030, worldwide Carbon dioxide emissions would have to fall by 45 per cent from the 2010 levels and have to reach "net zero" by 2050.

FILE - President Donald Trump stands next to the podium after speaking about the USA role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017.

The World Bank has announced it is doubling investments in climate action with $200bn (€176bn) for 2021-2025, including $50bn (€44bn) towards helping countries adapt to the impacts of global warming.

"These talks have been embroiled with blame game and had largely shifted away from the main goal of the convention and the Paris Agreement, which is people and planet", Singh said in an interview. "I recently received government approval to develop an all-of-government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change".

A key issue up for debate is how the fight against climate change is funded, with developed and developing nations still world's apart in their demands.

Calling Mr Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for deciding to withdraw from the Paris accord, Schwarzenegger insisted the climate deal had widespread support at local and state levels in the US.



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