Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change


Meanwhile, on the occasion of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), the German Embassy in Dhaka organised a "climate breakfast" on Monday. That is the most ambitious goal set in the 2015 Paris agreement, which negotiators from almost 200 countries have come to Katowice to finalize.

Just this week, the UN's environment program said the voluntary national contributions agreed in Paris would have to triple if the world was to cap global warming below 2 C.

"Green technology creates a huge amount of jobs and the reality is that we don't have to choose between one and the other".

We've got thousands of Australian schoolkids taking to the streets to protest climate inaction, and we've got everyone's surrogate grandpa making his disappointment very clear on a global stage.

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

The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated in green with the words "Paris Agreement is Done", to celebrate the Paris U.N. COP21 Climate Change agreement in Paris, France, Nov. 4, 2016.

"We must fight the causes, but also adapt to the consequences that are often most dramatic for the world's poorest people", said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, as leaders flagged rising needs at United Nations climate talks in Poland.

Meanwhile, the World Bank will give equal weight to curbing emissions and helping poor countries deal with the "disastrous effects" of a warming world as it steps up investments to tackle climate change in the first half of the 2020s, it said on Monday.

The conservationist is serving in the "People's Seat" during the conference, a role in which he will present comments from members of the public affected by climate change to the dignitaries and officials present at the summit.

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The shift away from fossil fuels, which scientists say has to happen by 2050, is expected to require a major overhaul of world economies.

The agreement aims to bolster the response to combating climate change by setting a goal to keep global temperature rise well below the 2 degrees Celsius and actively seeking ways to keep the increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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.

"This is the challenge on which this generation's leaders will be judged", he said. 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.

Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, vice chair of the Climate Change Commission, said the Philippine delegation would remain "constant and persistent" in its call for scaled-up, adequate and predictable financial support of developed countries to developing nations.

"Any delay will only make it harder and more expensive to respond to climate change", they warned, in issued the following call to action.

But host Poland - heavily reliant on energy from coal - will push its own agenda: a "just transition" from fossil fuels that critics say could allow it to continue polluting for decades.

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. "For many people, regions, even countries, this is already a matter of life or death".