Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change

Nations must triple efforts to achieve Paris climate goals: Study

"The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands", he said.

While the United States is withdrawing from the climate pact, the US Department of State said it was sending a delegation to the Katowice conference.

And U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said at the rate we're seeing today, mankind is "in danger of disappearing".

"Right now, we're facing a man-made disaster of a global scale - our greatest threat in thousands of years, climate change".

The talks in Katowice - at heart of Poland's coal region - precede an end-of-year deadline to produce a "rule book" to flesh out the broad details that were agreed in Paris on limiting the rise in global temperatures to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius. To have any hope of reaching the 1.5 degree Celsius goal by the end of the century, the United Nations said emissions from fossil fuel use must be halved by 2030.

Expectations are high that loss and damage would be seriously tackled in COP24, particularly since the Warsaw International Mechanism was established during COP19 in Warsaw, five years ago, to address loss and damage associated with climate change.

A string of major climate reports have cast doubt over the entire process to avert runaway global warming, suggesting the Paris goals fall well short of what is needed.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the climate summit in Poland on Monday with a dire warning to world leaders: Act now to combat rising temperatures or there will be catastrophic consequences.

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Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the negotiations in Poland, adding "we can not afford to fail in Katowice". "Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better".

However, host country Poland, which is 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.

"We are in trouble, we are in deep trouble with climate change".

At the framework of a Talanoa Dialogue, the six panelists, including Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) Chief Executive Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Dr Nahid Rezwana of Dhaka University, Dr Sultan Ahmed of Ministry of Environment and Forests, as well as almost 40 invitees were given a voice to share their stories, ambitions and engagements regarding climate change. "I recently received government approval to develop an all-of-government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change".

"Climate change is an existential threat to the world's poorest and most vulnerable".

The World Bank has announced it is doubling investments in climate action with $200bn (€176bn) for 2021-2025, including $50bn (€44bn) towards helping countries adapt to the impacts of global warming.

"America is more than just Washington or one leader", he said, adding that he wished he could travel back in time - like the cyborg he portrayed in "The Terminator" - to stop fossil fuels from being used.

Stating that we "are extremely concerned about the climate crisis" Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama issued a joint statement, together with three other former COP Presidents, last night calling on countries to send an unequivocal message from COP24 in Katowice, Poland, that they are serious about strengthening their commitments to reduce emissions and help build resilience.

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