'Time is running out': David Attenborough's dramatic warning on climate change

Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says

Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Poland for talks on curbing climate change, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

"Climate change is running faster than we are, and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late", he warned.

A string of major climate reports have cast doubt over the entire process, suggesting the Paris goals fall well short of what is needed.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday 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.

Citing a recent scientific report on the dire consequences of letting average global temperatures rise beyond 1.5 degrees, Guterres urged countries to cut their emissions 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and aim for net zero emissions by 2050. "Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better".

Trump is a promoter of fossil fuels and nuclear power and has proposed renegotiating the Paris Accord - an idea many dismiss as impractical.

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

US officials have kept a low profile at the talks so far.

FILE - President Donald Trump stands next to the podium after speaking about the US role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017.

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Officials from almost 200 countries now have two weeks to finalize how those goals work in practice, even as science suggests the pace of climate change is rapidly outstripping mankind's response. Schwarzenegger said he wished he could travel back in time - like the cyborg he portrayed in "The Terminator" - to stop fossil fuels from being used.

Under the 2015 Paris climate accord, richer nations - responsible for the majority of historic greenhouse gas emissions - are expected to contribute funding that developing nations can access to make their economies greener.

The Netherlands, a country with a long history of pumping oil and gas from the ground, is also among the places most at risk from rising sea levels caused by global warming.

"At the forefront of the fight against climate change in Africa, the African Development Bank, strongly represented in previous COP summits is, once again, present in Katowice to ensure that the voice of Africa is heard loud and clear in global climate negotiations", the bank said on its website.

"That means talking, talking, talking", he said.

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

The Polish leader said participants at the conference backed his country's proposal of a "just transition" away from coal mining, which called for helping people like coal miners who were slated to lose their jobs as the world changed its energy mix. Poland's President Duda told reporters that his country, which relies on coal for 80 per cent of its energy, would work to reduce its reliance on coal but never entirely give up its "strategic fossil fuel".

Thunberg criticized leaders, such as Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who failed to come to the climate talks. "I think conservationists have to be careful in saying things are catastrophic when, in fact, they are less than catastrophic", he told The Independent in 2006. "It's very sad, but if they don't do anything right now that is the truth".

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