United Nations chief Guterres calls for more action to tackle climate change

Alarm sounded nations urged to act at UN climate talks

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"Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures, that's the equivalent of more than 11,700 cars driving for one year or 728 tanker trucks worth of gasoline".

President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the Paris agreement because of what he says is the economic damage the treaty's provisions would cause.

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".

Addressing world leaders at the United Nations climate summit, the great naturalist said that climate change is the "greatest threat in thousands of years", and we are facing a "man-made disaster at a global scale".

Host country Poland is expected to propose what it calls a "just transition" for the oil, gas, and coal industries to ease the financial blow from the move away from such polluting sources of energy. Duda said there's "no plan today to fully give up on coal" as Poland's supplies can run for another 200 years.

Schwarzenegger said he wished he could travel back in time, like the cyborg he played in his film The Terminator, so he could stop fossil fuels from being used.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption, " Guterres told delegates from nearly 200 countries who gathered in the city of Katowice.

COP24, the UN's annual climate summit, kicked off in Katowice, Poland.

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Collected using the #TakeYourSeat hashtag, millions of people from around the world were invited to share their stories about climate change and the impact it has had on them, their families, their health, and their communities. Scientists say the deal's most ambitious goal - limiting the rise to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 C) - is still feasible, but increasingly challenging.

Speaking at the opening of a United Nations climate conference, Duda said that Poland has cut its carbon gas emission by 30 percent in the past three decades, while maintaining substantial economic growth.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning the world is "in deep trouble with climate change".

The UN climate change conference opened in the Polish city of Katowice on Sunday.

The Paris agreement vowed to limit global temperature rises to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) and to the safer cap of 1.5 C if at all possible.

There has been some controversy behind the actual stage of the COP24, since Poland is a very coal dependent country.

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.

The talks in Poland also aim to draw up the rulebook for making the Paris deal operational, and poorer countries will be looking for a boost to the finance being made available to help them develop cleanly.

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has long campaigned against climate change, is expected to draw crowds, while there are reports that other Hollywood celebrities will make an appearance as well.

And even as Attenborough assured world leaders that the people of Earth support "tough decisions" and are "willing to make sacrifices" to fight climate change, violent protests on the streets of Paris have sounded a different note.

The summit taking place December 2-14 in Katowice is meant to build on the 2015 Paris climate accord, which set a goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

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