Friday, 14 December, 2018

COP24: Tens of thousands of climate change protesters march in Brussels

Baltic news News from Latvia Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says
Frank Williams | 05 December, 2018, 21:53

Negotiators from almost 200 countries are attending the two-week long United Nations summit, which aims to flesh out a rule book for implementing the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Three years ago countries committed to limit global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible.

On the part of the Holy See, it is important that the U.N. Work Programme focus on "easing the impact of climate change through responsible mitigation and adaptation measures", Parolin said Tuesday.

A strong climate and health call to action for COP24 was issued by organizations representing over 5 million doctors, nurses and public health professionals and 17,000 hospitals; from over 120 countries.

Despite the protests, President Macron then announced further taxes on fuel, set to take effect on January 1, 2019, in a move he said was necessary combat climate change and protect the environment, leading to the so-called yellow vest protest movement, which takes its name from the high-visibility jackets participants have adopted as a symbol of their complaint.

At the COP24 climate talks, nations must agree to a rulebook palatable to all 183 states who have ratified the Paris deal.

Envoys from nearly 200 nations gathered in Poland's southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the U.N. meeting that's scheduled to run until December 14. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the USA out of the Paris agreement because of what he says is the economic damage the treaty's provisions would cause.

But it said the United States "reiterates its decision to withdraw" from the landmark accord.

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"I am glad that my friend Emmanuel Macron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago", said Trump.

"It's not one or two players anymore in the worldwide arena", he said.

He later told reporters that realities about global climate are "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and is not matching the challenges.

Brazil's strongman president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, for one, has promised to follow the American lead during his campaign.

Attenborough issued a plea for action on behalf of humanity: "If we don't take action the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon". "For many people, regions, even countries, this is already a matter of life or death".

For this, richer nations must provide funding - $100 billion per year by 2020 - to steer developing countries towards greener energy while drastically drawing down their own emissions.

"We know what we can do, and what we have to do becomes an ethical imperative", Parolin said, in what could be interpreted as a call to the faithful to divest themselves of ownership of equity in the fossil fuel industry.

"The question really is: how do you ensure that ambitious actions are done in an equitable way?"

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