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Attenborough's grim warning on climate

Attenborough's grim warning on climate

The UN climate summit comes at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming.

To contain warming at 1.5 deg C, man-made global net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will need to fall by about 45 per cent by 2030 from 2010 levels and reach "net zero" by mid-century, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

One key objective of the summit will be for nations to agree on the "Paris Rulebook" that is aimed at guiding nations to fulfil their promised reductions and to make those cuts more transparent and comparable.

Drought, floods, rising sea levels, extreme weather events that threaten people's food security, climate migrants and the economic damage inflicted by climate change are among the enormous problems Africa faces despite its contributing less than four percent of world greenhouse gas emissions.

"Ireland is fully committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement".

For some nations, the time to adapt to the effects of climate change is already here.

"Climate change impacts have never been worse", Patricia Espinosa told journalists after Sunday's first negotiating session. In November, the most comprehensive federal climate assessment to date called climate change 'an immediate threat, not a far-off possibility, ' and detailed how every part of the country will be increasingly harmed as the Earth gets warmer.

"We require deep transformations of our economies and societies to build a better world for all".

"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".

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Envoys from nearly 200 nations gathered in Poland's southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the U.N. meeting that's scheduled to run until December 14.

Pope Francis has in the past called for a "revolution" to combat climate change, saying the consensus was clear and "doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain". The only holdout was the United States, which announced under President Donald Trump that it was withdrawing from the climate pact.

Brazil's strongman president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, for one, has promised to follow the American lead during his campaign. "For many people, regions and even countries, this is already a matter of life and death".

She cited a recent expert report warning of the consequences of letting average global temperatures rise beyond 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F).

He has also moved to withdraw the USA from the Paris pact.

Guterres, who spoke at the opening of the United Nations climate conference in Poland, called climate change "the most important issue we face".

Last week, 20 leaders responsible for 85 percent of the world's economy and two-thirds of the population gathered at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires. In the spirit of the Talanoa Dialogue - the Fijian tradition of inclusive, participatory and transparent decision-making - ICC urges Parties to include business in developing climate change policy, to accelerate and encourage private sector innovation in game-changing technologies through appropriate fiscal policies and de-risking flows of private capital into climate change adaptation and mitigation investment opportunities.

Mr. Endalew said the LDC Group was calling for a political declaration and a COP decision on the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, which pushed for real action at the scale needed.

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