Weekend, Climate change negotiators gather in Poland

Alarm sounded nations urged to act at UN climate talks

Alarm sounded nations urged to act at UN climate talks

The veteran broadcaster, 92, said time is running out for the issue of climate change to be taken seriously and said much of the natural world would go extinct if nothing is done.

The two-week conference in Poland's southern coal mining region of Silesia is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming within the limits of the Paris climate deal.

World leaders are gathering at United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Poland, the most important meeting since the 2015 Paris Agreement. Following the White House release last month of a sweeping, 1,656-page report that warned of a bleak future for the country, Trump alluded that he was too intelligent to believe in the phenomenon.

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.

But many other countries are already dealing with the droughts, higher seas and catastrophic storms climate change is exacerbating right now. "They want you, the decision markers, to act now".

"We are trying to save the world from annihilation, but we must do this in a way that those who live with us today in the world have the best possible living conditions", Polish President Andrzej Duda said.

Speaking in Katowice to delegations from almost 200 nations, Attenborough warned that the world's existence depends on taking swift action to prevent climate change.

COP24 received a boost over the weekend when 19 major economies at the G-20 summit affirmed their commitment to the Paris accord.

"It's clear that the warming trend can only be explained by the response of the climate to more greenhouse gas emissions and their accumulation in the atmosphere", said Masson-Delmotte.

The smaller, poorer nations that will bare the devastating brunt of climate change are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement.

"The world is at a crossroads and decisive action in the next two years will be crucial to tackle these urgent threats".

To this end, the bank plans to pursue its advocacy work in helping African countries address climate change and begin their transition towards green growth and low-carbon development.

In a joint statement, France's Laurent Fabius, Frank Bainimarama from Fiji, Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, and Peru's Manuel Pulgar Vidal said: "The challenges are there, as are the solutions".

Additionally, the conference will also see the high-level, political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue to "take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long-term goal of the Paris agreement and inform the preparation of NDCs (nationally determined contributions)". "So I think it is perfectly normal that his Holiness the Pope, not only this Pope, it comes from the past, have a very positive position in relation to climate action", he said.

A key issue up for debate is how the fight against climate change is funded, with developed and developing nations still worlds 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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