Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Sir David Attenborough Warns Civilisation Is Near Collapse Unless We Act Now

Sir David Attenborough Warns Civilisation Is Near Collapse Unless We Act Now

The fate of civilisation itself lies squarely in the hands of today's leaders, Sir David Attenborough has warned in a strident address on behalf of the world's peoples.

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.

"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.

The UN chief asked decision makers to focus on four key things: stepping up climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in future of the planet. 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.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the summit in Poland with an appeal to world leaders to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century.

"We are already seeing increased impacts of climate change in China", says a young woman.

Veteran British nature-documentary broadcaster David Attenborough warned that both civilisation and the natural world are on the brink of collapse, as world leaders prepare to gather in Poland for the United Nations climate summit.

He said the world is facing its "greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change". But the Paris agreement let countries set their own emissions targets.

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.

George HW Bush casket to arrive in Washington before state funeral
Bush will be honored at several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial on Thursday in Texas. Union Pacific Railroad will be part of this week's funeral procession for President George H.W.

Snapdragon 855: specs leak within hours of launch
For more information, stay tuned to XDA-Developers, as we'll have plenty of coverage and details to share throughout the week! It's promising to run through the specifics of the mobile platform tomorrow, on the second day of its Snapdragon Summit 2018.

Panthers' Olsen leaves Buccaneers game with foot injury
The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. Carolina lost tight end Greg Olsen to an injured right foot early in the second quarter and did not return.

Such cuts would require a radical overhaul of the global economy.

US officials have kept a low profile at the talks so far. The United States is the only country, not part of the accord after President Donald Trump made a decision to walk away from it.

By contrast, action film star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger drew crowds and applause at the U.N. conference Monday for insisting that many in the United States remain committed to the agreement.

Mohamed Adow, climate lead for the Christian Aid charity, said richer nations needed to stump up the cash to allow developing countries to make the leap to renewables.

He said developed states had a "collective responsibility to assist the most vulnerable communities and countries -- such as small island nations and the least developed countries -- by supporting adaptation and resilience".

With millions of people in the Netherlands living in low-lying areas, "you have your evidence and your case in point to make, sure, that you prevent sea levels from rising even further" Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told The Associated Press.

More talk is doubtlessly necessary, including at the worldwide level.

Poland has been slowly moving away from coal as part of the EU's larger mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He used his platform to scold world leaders in the way only a 92-year-old career conservationist can.

Like this: