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Posted December 07, 2018

"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", Guterres told delegates from nearly 200 countries who gathered in Katowice, Poland.

In Katowice, countries need to lock in a rule stating that a country's NDC emissions account must be increased by an amount equal to the tons of credits exported. Many economists argue that ambitious curbs on greenhouse emissions require raising the cost of carbon fuels - one of the measures that triggered large-scale protests in France by motorists feeling the squeeze at the pump.

In Paris three years ago, countries committed to limit global temperature rises to well below 2 deg C, and to the safer cap of 1.5 deg C if at all possible.

It marks the deadline for the 197 parties that signed the Convention to adopt guidelines for the implementation of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, according to UN News.

"Developed nations led by the United States will want to ignore their historic responsibilities and will say the world has changed", said Meena Ramam, from the Third World Network advocacy group.

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, emphasized the sense of urgency, saying that climate change was already "a matter of life and death" for many countries.

Renowned English broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough delivered a stark warning about the future of our planet during the UN Climate Change Summit in Poland.

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He said the world is facing its "greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change".

Rebuking the school walkouts, Mr. Morrison said in parliament on December 3 that there should be "more learning in schools and less activism" on climate change. Net zero emissions mean that any greenhouse gases emitted need to be soaked up by forest or new technologies that can remove carbon from the atmosphere.

The talks in Poland also aim to draw up the rulebook for making the Paris deal operational, and poorer countries will be looking for a boost to the finance being made available to help them develop cleanly. The only holdout was the United States, which announced under President Donald Trump that it was withdrawing from the climate pact.

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

Schwarzenegger said the idea that fossil fuel-dependent economies would suffer as they transition to renewables was a fallacy.

The Netherlands, a country with a long history of pumping oil and gas from the ground, is also among the places most at risk from rising sea levels caused by global warming.

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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"Do you not see what is going on around you?" asked one man.

The Philippine delegation at COP24 said it would continue to champion climate justice in the two-week talks. "With all societal organizations, politicians, all citizens being involved if they want to".

The climate rules and policies that are agreed at the worldwide and national levels will have an enormous impact on how business can help combat climate change, affecting companies' domestic and global operations, supply chains, planning and investments.

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.

He used his platform to scold world leaders in the way only a 92-year-old career conservationist can.

Thunberg criticized leaders, such as Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who failed to come to the climate talks.

"Katowice may show us if there will be any domino effect" following the U.S. withdrawal, she told Agence France-Presse.

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