David Attenborough warns civilisations will COLLAPSE if climate change not addressed

David Attenborough warns civilisations will COLLAPSE if climate change not addressed

David Attenborough warns civilisations will COLLAPSE if climate change not addressed

"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.

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".

He was speaking at the opening of a United Nations climate change conference in Poland on Monday, where delegates from across the world will negotiate how to tackle the issue.

Sir David Attenborough warned it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of "much of the natural world".

"Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: Climate change", Attenborough said as the worldwide climate conference got underway with talks on how countries will implement the 2015 Paris Agreement limiting carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, the presidents of at-risk states such as Fiji, Nigeria and Nepal are expected at COP24 talks, which aim to flesh out the promises agreed to in the 2015 Paris climate accord.

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The UN said the extent of climate action must be increased fivefold to limit global warming to the 1.5 degrees Celsius urged by scientists.

Guterres said governments should embrace the opportunities rather than cling to fossil fuels such as coal, a dig at hosts Poland. "This used to be my home", she says.

"In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources, " Guterres said.

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But Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, undermined those messages with a defense of the coal industry.

The two-week conference in Poland's southern coal-mining region of Silesia is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming within the limits of the Paris climate deal.

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

Mr Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the negotiations in Poland, adding, "We can not afford to fail in Katowice". That is the most ambitious goal set in the 2015 Paris agreement, which negotiators from almost 200 countries have come to Katowice to finalize.

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, meanwhile, reiterated at the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday its decision to withdraw from the Paris accord and Its commitment to all energy sources.

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