Attenborough to take "People's Seat" at climate change conference

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Attenborough to take "People's Seat" at climate change conference

Host country Poland is proposing a slow approach to ease the financial blow from move away from fossil fuels.

Poland has already come in for criticism after it announced three state-run coal companies were sponsoring the two-week negotiations.

He said coal was Poland's "strategic fossil fuel" guaranteeing its energy security and sovereignty and "it would be hard not to use it".

"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 said in his opening speech at the summit, dubbed "Paris 2.0" after the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Ironically, the climate summit is projected to have a large carbon footprint of its own which will directly contribute to the "man-made" climate change they claim is about to bring an end to "our civilizations". This closes about 40% of the gap towards an emissions pathway consistent with the Paris Agreement's 2-degree Celsius (3.6-degree Fahrenheit) goal, over the years from 2020-2035.

Residents of the world's smaller islands, many of whom face catastrophic flooding from higher sea levels in a warming world, have been among the world's most vocal backers of measures to combat climate change.

But wealthy states, led by the U.S., have so far resisted calls to be more transparent in how their contributions are reported-something developing nations say is vital to form ambitious green energy plans. But Poland's President Andrzej Duda told a later news conference that the coal-rich country will reduce its reliance on coal but will never entirely give up its "strategic fossil fuel".

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. Coal provides about 80 percent of Poland's power and has been a major source of employment and national pride.

With the direst warnings yet of impending environmental disaster still ringing in their ears, representatives from almost 200 nations gather Sunday in Poland to firm up their plan to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Speaking directly to the leaders of the world, at what is being described as the most important climate change meeting since the 2015 Paris agreement, the English broadcaster said action must be taken before it is too late.

The delegates of COP24 will have taken Sir Attenborough's words seriously after he called climate change, "our greatest threat in thousands of years". "And honestly if I would want to make more money, I would work in the finance sector, not in academic research, that's for sure", she added.

In the French capital, three years ago, countries collectively agreed to keep global temperature rises to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and if possible, to limit the rise to 1.5°C.

German officials had hoped to present a blueprint for the country's exit from coal at the December 2-14 meeting, but an expert committee postponed issuing its recommendations until next year.

No global climate summit would be complete without a few celebrities.

Four former presidents of United Nations talks, including Laurent Fabius of France, who led negotiations for the Paris agreement, issued a statement urging "decisive action".

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.

"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.

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