Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
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Almost 200 countries attend ambitious climate talks

Almost 200 countries attend ambitious climate talks

Therefore, COP25 is of great importance to implement the Paris Agreement.

A key objective of COP25 is to take the next crucial steps in the United Nations climate change process as the global climate emergency intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow. "We now must deliver deeper cuts in emissions".

Representatives from almost 200 countries gathered in Madrid for the start of a two week conference aimed at tackling climate change on Monday.

"We have a common challenge but with differentiated needs and urgencies, which we can only overcome if we work together", said Ms Schmidt as her country took over the chairing of the meeting from Poland.

President Donald Trump for his part has started withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement while the deforestation of the Amazon basin - a crucial carbon reservoir - is accelerating and China has tilted back towards building more coal-fired power plants.

While there is scant global action and no binding multilateral treaties to tackle the "global climate emergency", there is robust, even overwhelming agreement in the scientific community that human impact on climate has been enormous in recent years and that "we may have crossed tipping points".

Ahead of the COP25 meeting, a coalition of 35 African countries met at Morocco's Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguerir, north of Marrakech, to discuss "smart climate" and sustainable agriculture.

"Ten years ago, if countries had acted on the science, they would have needed to reduce emissions by 3.3% each year", said Guterres.

"We also see clearly that the world's largest emitters are not pulling their weight, and without them, our goal is unreachable", he said. "I'm hopeful, but not yet entirely sure as there is still a long way to go and we are still lagging behind".

The US delegation to the conference will be headed by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans and global environmental and scientific affairs.

Mr Trump said complying with the accord would hurt the USA economy, restricting domestic producers while other big polluters such as China increase emissions.

"By coming here we want to say to everyone we are still in, the United States is still in", Pelosi told reporters at the talks, flanked by Democratic Congressional representatives.

The opening ceremony began with a warning from Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): "If we continue as we are doing, we run the risk of increasing the temperature of the planet and that will have an effect and awful consequences for humanity and threaten our existence".

A Rocha is calling on Christians to take drastic action "irrespective of what the governments are doing" to reduce emissions.

President Trump announced in 2017 that the USA would withdraw from the Paris accord.

Pelosi added: "This is not about incrementalism - this is about being transformative".

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