U.N. chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight

A woman sits on the floor looking at her phone a day before the start of the COP25 Climate summit in Madrid Spain Sunday Dec. 1 2019. This year’s

A woman sits on the floor looking at her phone a day before the start of the COP25 Climate summit in Madrid Spain Sunday Dec. 1 2019. This year’s

Over the next fortnight, negotiators, business leaders and civil society members from nearly 200 countries, meeting in Madrid for the 25th round of the annual UN-sponsored climate talks, will focus on finalising the framework and modalities that will permit and ensure collaborative action among nations towards the common goal of slowing down global warming. In a climate of rising alarm and fear as scientists make bleak predictions about the implications of human-induced climate change, the event seeks to address global and multilateral platforms to face the global climate crisis.

Pelosi said her decision to visit Madrid during impeachment proceedings showed Democrats were committed to tackling the "existential threat to humanity" from the climate crisis.

Guterres explained that there is only one way to control the temperature of the planet and that was "limited use of fossil fuels". The forum is hosted by Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

He also thanked the Spanish organisers of the COP25 summit and expressed hope that the Chilean presidency would find a solution to all problems, and "that it would manage to do this by 6:00 p.m. on December 13".

According to a UN Environment Programme report on the emissions gap published last week, countries have collectively failed to stop the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are now required. "This is Chile's COP: it is Chile that has organized the leadership and that has worked for an alliance against climate change and the success of this event will belong to Chile".

The conference takes place amid a welter of bad news on climate change in recent days.

The latest round of annual negotiations to bolster the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb global warming began against a backdrop of unusually severe weather disasters this year, from fires in the Arctic, Amazon and Australia to intense tropical hurricanes.

According to Reuters, Castor now says the committee will soon put forward recommendations for a comprehensive climate change bill to "bring us emissions to net zero by 2050".

Activists and campaigners assembled inside the conference and outside but there was a lack of the pageantry and passion that have characterised recent COPs, galvanised by the signing of the Paris accord, seen as paving the way to worldwide cooperation and preventing risky temperature rises. Therefore, COP25 is of great importance to implement the Paris Agreement.

Key meetings will centre on how landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement becomes fully operational, in particular mechanisms for trading carbon, as well as the groundwork needed for fresh climate pledges due to be made by all Paris signees before the end of 2020.

He praised the European Union for its plans to cut emissions drastically by 2030, and cited the US, China, India and Japan as countries needing to join in to meet the challenge.

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