United Nations climate talks agree on reporting emissions

The Paris Agreement aims to keep the global temperature from increasing above two degrees

COP24 president Michal Kurtyka jumps at the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, southern Poland, on December 15, 2018.

The rules will govern the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which becomes operational in 2020, and aims to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees.

But environmental groups said the package agreed in the Polish mining city of Katowice lacked the bold ambition needed to protect states already dealing with devastating floods, droughts and extreme weather made worse by climate change.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw, who was co-facilitating some of the talks, told reporters this morning that the newly agreed rulebook was "a breakthrough". She argued all countries should immediately produce new emissions targets that are consistent with the 1.5 C goal.

The final text omitted a previous reference to specific reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and merely welcomed the "timely completion" of the IPCC report, not its conclusions. Among these issues is how to create a functioning carbon credit market.

When it came to closing potential loopholes that could allow countries to dodge their commitments to cut emissions, "the U.S. pushed harder than almost anyone else for transparency rules that put all countries under the same system, and it's largely succeeded". The world climate conference was supposed to end on Friday.

The developed countries had pledged to collectively mobilize 100 billion US dollars a year by 2020 to help developing countries combat and better adapt to climate challenges but observers say the actual funding provided by the developed countries falls far behind the goal.

On the political front, President Trump says he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement and has engaged China in a trade war; Brazil's new president-elect has signaled he may no longer support the agreement; and leaders in Europe are struggling with domestic challenges, including the recent "Yellow Vest" protests in France over fuel taxes.

Donald Trump says he could intervene in Huawei case
His LinkedIn profile says he served as the "political lead" on Trudeau's visit to Hong Kong in September 2016. The Meng affair has soured Canada's ties with China at a time when Ottawa is trying to boost bilateral trade.

Trump says he will review the case of soldier charged with murder
He explained he was afraid the suspected bomb maker would kill a tribal leader who had disclosed the bomb maker's identity. President Trump declared Sunday that "at the request of many", he plans to review the murder charges against Maj.

Xherdan Shaqiri Strikes Twice To Beat Manchester United, Sends Liverpool Top
It was very intense and we kept the high intensity in this game. He added: "It was an fantastic win and important, too". Players give maximum every day, every minute.

Expressing reservation over some issues in the agreement, India's lead negotiator Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the plenary that "India wishes to express its strong reservation regarding the treatment of equity in the global stock-take decision". The decisions were "1,000 small steps forward".

"Those rules, known as the 'transparency framework, ' are vital to the success of the Paris Agreement".

Delegates at the COP24 said China has been at the forefront of the challenging negotiations, working hard with various parties to untangle some of the key points of contention.

The world's largest developing country has adopted effective measures to tackle climate change, stepping forward as an example for other countries amid divisions and uncertainties, said Kurtyka.

"This we plan to do through issuance of Sovereign Green Bonds, establishment of the National Treasury as the National Designated Authority (NDA) for Green Climate Fund (GCF), establishment of the Climate Change Fund (CCF) and the Disaster Risk Financing Strategy all aimed at cushioning the economy from fiscal risks arising from the effects of climate related shocks and natural disasters", Tobiko said.

The U.S.is still technically in the Paris agreement until 2020, which is why American officials participated in the Katowice talks.

But the latest drafts offer little comfort to those countries that also want rich industrial nations to pay for damage already caused by global warming, arguing that they're to blame for most of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases humans have pumped into the atmosphere.



Latest news

ALERT: Netflix, police warn of phony emails that could steal customer information
There is a link called "Login Now" that, if clicked, will take you to a fake page that asks you to enter account information. Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot's senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music.

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'
That means Berry will have to experience the emotional scene where Bambi's mother is killed by a hunter at least 12 times in the next year.

Drama at the Miss Universe Pageant as Ashley Graham Falls Backstage
Miss Spain even caught the attention of America's favorite trans woman, Laverne Cox, who tweeted her praise. In a second video she also shared on her Instagram Stories , she added: 'Thank you.

Xherdan Shaqiri ‘not surprised’ by shot tally against ‘defensive’ United
Then after Christmas, it's just people who are playing Europe. He said: "We can all look forward to such a great game". It was quite the contribution from the substitute.

United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon confirm Hezbollah tunnels crossed border with Israel
The militant Hezbollah group, which used such tunnels inside Lebanon in the 2006 war, has yet to comment on the operation. Lebanese troops protested that the wire was placed on their side of the border.

James Comey to testify again before House Judiciary Committee
As was the case in his December 7 appearance, a transcript is expected to be released after this session. Democrats have called the GOP investigation "nonsense".

Flyers axe head coach Hakstol in midst of 4-game skid
They are now on their sixth goalie after recalling top prospect Carter Hart after two and a half months as a pro. When Hakstol was hired by then GM Ron Hextall it turned many heads throughout the National Hockey League ranks.

Take a peek inside a newly discovered 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb
Its drawings were nearly completely preserved, and the tomb itself had not been looted, he said, according to Reuters. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colourful statues of the cleric and members of his family, it said.

Associates Of Michael Flynn Charged In Alleged Scheme To Smear Turkish Cleric
Flynn has been cooperating with prosecutors after he pleaded guilty to unrelated charges and is due to be sentenced this week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) has accused Gulen of directing a failed coup.

U.S. federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional
Even with control of both chambers of Congress and the White House in 2017, Republicans could not push through a repeal. It was an answer to a lawsuit brought by Republican governors who said that without a penalty, there is no "tax".

US lettuce, cauliflower products recalled in Canada
Furthermore, Adam Bros. requested that its customers notify the downline chain of custody to ensure a full recall. This bacteria may cause a diarrheal illness from which most healthy adults can recover completely within a week.

Comey blasts Trump over tweet about Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Michael Cohen's office
The President took to twitter on Sunday saying Cohen only became a "rat" after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office back in April.

Google to spend US$1 billion on new campus in NY
She said the company's "investment in NY is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in USA facilities, offices and jobs". The company also helped bring over 5,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots to the New York Public Library System.

Cardi B reacts to Offset's public apology, speaks on taking him back
Since everything appeared to be fine between the pair just days before the split, many fans of the couple didn't buy the news. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.

Naughty parrot keeps using Alexa to buy things online
According to the paper, the parrot's owner, Marion Wischnewski, made a decision to foster him after volunteering at a sanctuary. However, it's not only ordering food that Rocco has mastered, but it also uses Amazon Alexa to entertain himself.

Other news