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David Attenborough's Dire Climate Warning: ‘Our Greatest Threat In Thousands Of Years'

David Attenborough's Dire Climate Warning: ‘Our Greatest Threat In Thousands Of Years'”

The African Development Bank will be defending the continent's interests at the 24th annual conference of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, known as COP24, which opened today in Katowice, Poland.

"The upcoming climate talks are the most important round of negotiations since the Paris Agreement was reached three years ago", Lou Leonard, the World Wildlife Fund's senior vice president for climate change and energy, told CNBC of the talks that gather thousands of world leaders, activists, and policymakers to flesh out a framework for the Paris Climate Agreement.

Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough issued a dire warning Monday at the climate summit in Poland. "Time is running out", Attenborough said. "It's what I think you could call a distributed leadership, where you have a number of countries - some of them small or medium-sized - really making headway and doing it in tandem with cities and states and businesses".

He will deliver comments from members of the public to world leaders who are attending the conference.

At his address at the climate talks yesterday, Mr Attenborough said: "The people have spoken: leaders of the world, you must lead, the continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend are in your hands".

The Paris deal set a target of keeping the rise in average global temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, and ideally to 1.5 degrees.

Most notably, American president Donald Trump has shown a complete disregard of any sustainable climate goals, announcing his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and implementing policies that favor the fossil fuel industry at the expense of greener tech.

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.

Guterres also called on negotiators not to lose sight of the fact that the challenges they face pale in comparison to the difficulties already caused by climate change to millions of people around the world seeing their livelihoods at risk from rising sea levels, drought and more powerful storms.

"We have a collective responsibility to invest in averting global climate chaos", he said.

To maximize the chances of success, technical talks began on Sunday, a day earlier than planned, with delegates from almost 200 nations haggling over how to implement the broad promises of the Paris deal on moving away from fossil fuel.

"The rest of the G-20 have not only understood the science, they are taking actions to both prevent the major impacts and strengthen their economies", said Figueres, who now works with Mission 2020, a group that campaigns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a rare intervention, presidents of previous United Nations climate summits issued a joint statement as the talks got under way, calling on states to take "decisive action.to tackle these urgent threats". "For many people, regions and even countries, this is already a matter of life or death".

Mr Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the negotiations in Poland, adding, "We can not afford to fail in Katowice".

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



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