Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

David Attenborough: Humanity's Collapse Looming Amid Climate Change Failure

Nations must triple efforts to achieve Paris climate goals: Study World urged to tackle 'urgent threats' as UN climate talks begin
Cary Marshall | 05 December, 2018, 21:43

Without drastic action, there will be catastrophic consequences, he warned.

It was a message repeated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening, who told assembled leaders from over 150 countries that the world was not acting fast enough on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and urged them to finalise the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Katowice - with many countries already falling behind their pledges.

"The UN provides a unique platform that can unite the whole world and as the Paris agreement proved, we can make real change happen", Mr Attenborough said.

Attenborough warned that the world's survival depends on swift action to prevent climate change.

The 92-year-old took to the stage in Poland on Monday claiming climate change can no longer be ignored and that time is running out to save the world and its people.

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

The message from 'The People's Seat' at the United Nation's COP24 climate summit in Katowice, Poland on Monday-presented by the octogenarian British naturalist Sir David Attenborough-was as succinct and simple as it was profound and terrifying: "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon".

The UN's General Assembly chief Maria Espinosa said the choice between the climate or jobs was false. We need to act urgently and with audacity.

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

The talks in Katowice have been billed as the most important United Nations conference since the landmark Paris accord as they precede an end-of-year deadline to agree a "rule book" on how to enforce action to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius.

Without naming specific countries, Guterres chided the nations most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions for failing to do enough to meet the goals set in Paris. Some are on track, others aren't.

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

"In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources, " Guterres said.

He said governments should embrace the opportunities rather than cling to fossil fuels such as coal, which are blamed for a significant share of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a French climate scientist, said 90 authors spent more than 1 ½ years assessing about 6,000 peer-reviewed publications for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's recent special report on the 1.5 C-target. However, Poland did announce it will cut its reliance on coal to about 50 per cent by 2030.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal a year ago, stating his opinion that it was "an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries". The effects would include a mass die-off of coral reefs and an increase in extreme weather events.

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