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Without drastic action, there will be catastrophic consequences, he warned.

A 15-year-old Swedish activist who takes time out of school to highlight the danger of global warming echoed his appeal. sentiment. old Greta Thunberg said world leaders who skip the climate summit are "very irresponsible".

"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.

We're facing a man-made disaster of global scale.

David Attenborough was chosen to represent the world's people at the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland.

He later told reporters that realities of global climate changes are "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and is not matching the current challenges.

Renowned nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has told world leaders that climate change could lead to collapse of civilizations, and much of the natural world.

And U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said at the rate we're seeing today, mankind is "in danger of disappearing".

"We need a unifying implementation vision that sets out clear rules, inspires action and promotes raised ambition, based on the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in light of different national circumstances". "Be ambitious, but also responsible for the future generations".

Tens of thousands took part in the'Claim the Climate march in Brussels
Tens of thousands took part in the'Claim the Climate march in Brussels

COP24 comes on the heels of the G-20 gathering in Argentina, where 19 of the 20 leaders signed a communique reaffirming their commitment to fight global warming, but President Donald Trump insisted on a paragraph outlining his opposition and the United States decision, under his administration, to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement.

Calling Mr Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for deciding to withdraw from the Paris accord, Schwarzenegger insisted the climate deal had widespread support at local and state levels in the US. But the Paris agreement let countries set their own emissions targets. Some are on track, others aren't. Without drastic action, the planet is on pace to warm an additional two to three degrees by the year 2100.

"So, Paris commitments are not enough to reach the Paris goal".

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

Guterres asked governments to find ways to replace fossil fuels - which contribute about 65 per cent of global greenhouse gases, according to the EPA - with cleaner alternatives. However, Poland did announce it will cut its reliance on coal to about 50 per cent by 2030.

Ironically, this two-week meeting is taking place in the heart of Poland's coal country.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the action film star and former governor of California, said the United States was "still in" the Paris accord to curb global warming despite President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from it.

Abnormally high temperatures are becoming common, and subsequent extreme weather events more regular.

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

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