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

05 December 2018

If the world is to truly prevent climate change-and the extreme weather disasters and rising seas that accompanies it-the attendees of the United Nations climate conference will have to disagree with Duda.

"We, former Presidents of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, are extremely concerned about the climate crisis and join our voices to the chorus of those seeking enhanced action", they said.

Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough echoed his warnings, telling the gathering that the "collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizons" if no urgent action is taking against global warming.

"Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change", he said.

It is aimed at fleshing out the promises agreed in the 2015 Paris climate accord through which nations agreed...

Net zero emissions mean any greenhouse gases emitted need to be soaked up by forest or new technologies that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a news conference later Monday that the coal-rich country would work to reduce its reliance on coal but never entirely give up its "strategic fossil fuel". "This used to be my home", she says.

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

Separately, tens of thousands of people marched on Sunday in Brussels, calling on governments to respect commitments on countering climate change.

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The remark was also directed at host Poland, which relies on coal for 80 per cent of its energy.

To maximise the chances of success in Poland, technical talks began on Sunday, a day early, with delegates from almost 200 nations debating how to meet the Paris target of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius and, ideally, aim for a safer 1.5 deg C, which would limit the damage from weather extremes and rising sea levels.

Guterres went on to say that the world is "nowhere near where it needs to be" on the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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He told reporters that the reality of global climate change has been "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and not matching the current challenges. At a similar summit three years ago, the Paris Agreement was drafted and signed, aiming to limit man-made global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The background to Monday's summit could hardly be bleaker: with just one Celsius of warming so far Earth is bombarded with raging wildfires, widespread crop failures and super-storms exacerbated by rising sea levels.

The United States - at first a key player in climate change talks - withdrew from the Paris agreement earlier this year, and will officially leave in 2020.

Scientist and presenter, Sir David Attenborough has spoken at a big conference today about climate change.

It was a message repeated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening, who told assembled leaders from over 150 countries that the world was not acting fast enough on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and urged them to finalise the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Katowice - with many countries already falling behind their pledges.

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