Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

James Marshall
December 6, 2018

The World Bank Group said Monday it is doubling funding for poor countries preparing for climate change to $200 billion over five years. Climate change also has indirect effects on health due to ecological changes, such as food and water insecurity and the spread of climate-sensitive infectious diseases, and also to societal responses to climate change, such as population displacement and reduced access to health services.

"We are in trouble, we are in deep trouble with climate change".

"We are here to enable the world to act together on climate change", said Poland's environmental envoy, Michal Kurtyka, who is presiding over the United Nations meeting, known as COP24.

"The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore", said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

He told global leaders at the conference that Poland "has made huge achievements" in becoming more energy efficient over the past 25 years.

Fiji's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who presided over last year's United Nations climate summit, said the "just transition" proposal shouldn't just consider the fate of fossil fuel workers but all people around the world whose lives are affected by climate change.

Negotiators from almost 200 nations are in the southern Polish city of Katowice for two weeks of talks on implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Accord.

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Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

The pact set the goal of limiting global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

"Looking from the outside perspective, it's an impossible task", Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka told the Associated Press last week.

The meeting received a boost over the weekend when 19 major economies at the G20 summit affirmed their commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Trump's tweet relates the French conflict to global disparity between nations in the Paris agreement, and the move to raise taxes was in fact part of Macron's commitment to that agreement, but neither the conflict nor the temporary truce were based on a disparity between nations, but rather on the domestic policy issue of raising taxes and the disparate impact the particular tax would have on the working class.

Trump is a promoter of fossil fuels and nuclear power and has proposed renegotiating the Paris Accord - an idea many dismiss as impractical. But Poland's President Andrzej Duda told a later news conference that the coal-rich country will never entirely give up its "strategic fossil fuel".

Separately, negotiators will discuss ramping up countries' national emissions targets after 2020, and financial support for poor nations that are struggling to adapt to climate change.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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