Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Nations must triple efforts to achieve Paris climate goals

Nations must triple efforts to achieve Paris climate goals

And Mr Gebru Jember Endalew, chair of the Least Developed Nations group of negotiators at COP24, said "international cooperation is the only way to address the global threat of climate change".

"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 World Bank on Monday pledged to commit as much as United States dollars 200 billion from 2021 to 2025 towards fighting the threat of climate change during the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) summit here.

The 92-year-old TV presenter blamed humans for the "disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years".

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

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.

The report also said that the pledges made under the Paris Agreement are not enough to keep global temperatures from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial temperatures.

The EU has proposed cutting greenhouse gas emissions from member countries to net zero by 2050.

Host Poland proposed a declaration for a "just transition" away from coal mining, the supplier of its main source of energy, which calls for winning social acceptance for the necessary changes.

Such a move, which experts say is the only way to achieve the 1.5-degree goal, would require a radical overhaul of the global economy.

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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.

Delegates at the talks said the biggest issues were likely to include finance and the level of scrutiny associated with monitoring individual nations' emissions. They're behind you, along with civil society represented here today, supporting you in making tough decisions, but also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives.

But developing nations have complained that richer states - responsible for the vast majority of historic fossil fuel use - aren't doing enough to help them adapt to our warming planet.

Poland still relies in 80 percent on coal for its energy, but plans to cut it down to some 50 percent by 2030, partly through the implementation of modern, clean technologies. European and Chinese leaders say they remain committed.

He later told reporters realities of global climate changes were, "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and was not matching the current challenges.

Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the negotiations in Poland, adding "we can not afford to fail in Katowice". "We want what was decided in Paris", Gaye told Anadolu Agency.

For his part, Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro vowed to follow Washington's lead during his campaign.

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.

"You have all of this stuff telling people 'It's even worse than we thought, ' " says Todd Stern, who led the USA climate negotiation team as the USA special envoy for Climate Change during the Obama administration.

Russia now sees no need to revise the Paris Agreement on climate change, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dmitry Kobylkin, who heads the Russian delegation at the UN Katowice Climate Change Conference, told TASS.

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