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Climate talks pass baton in race to stop global warming

Climate talks pass baton in race to stop global warming

Fierce disagreements on two other climate issues were kicked down the road for a year to help bridge a chasm of opinions on the best solutions.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended the 24th edition of the United Nations talks, being held this year in Poland and set to end Friday.

In its final statement after the rules had been agreed to, the Malaysian government noted that Western Europe and North America have been industrialized far longer than many parts of Asia, and have profited while contributing enormously to climate change. Through this package you have made a thousand little steps forward together.

Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice, gaveled the deal Saturday after diplomats and ministers from nearly 200 countries approved. "This balanced approach is gaining traction with pragmatic partner countries who recognize we can protect economic growth and energy security while preserving the environment", the statement reads.

This is the same meaningless dribble we got from the meaningless Paris Agreement, this barely agrees on the agreement to do an agreement and how to agree on it. Shaw has to make this insignificant lip service look like some sort of "breakthrough" because he needs to stop looking politically irrelevant.

Representatives of almost 200 countries approved a compromise in the Polish city of Katowice after the talks extended into Saturday.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, the Unites States, Russia and Kuwait refused to use the word "welcome" in association with the findings of the report.

The United Nations' COP24 event was originally scheduled to end on Friday. Economists believe that an worldwide trading system could be an effective way to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and raise large amounts of money for measures to curb global warming.

How to create a functioning market in carbon credits, with countries such as Brazil wanting to keep carbon credits amassed under an old system.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday waded into the debate over the costs of tackling climate change, telling Fox News that if he had remained in the Paris climate accord the U.S.

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The secretary-general's summit "is now positioned as a critical juncture for world leaders to articulate how their next national climate plans will respond to dire warnings of the latest IPCC report", said Helen Mountford, vice-president of the Washington-based environmental think tank World Resources Institute.

There are also calls for all countries to increase their carbon cutting commitments by 2020.

"Transparency is vital to US interests", added Nathaniel Keohane, a climate policy expert at the Environmental Defence Fund.

So what was the USA role in the talks?

"Katowice has shown once more the resilience of the Paris Agreement - our solid roadmap for climate action", she said.

SALVATORE DI NOLFI/CP Demonstrations in Geneva, Switzerland on December 8 2018.

The newly adopted Paris Accord Work Programme describes how countries are required to count their greenhouse gas emissions and how they will report them to the rest of the world. Poor countries also wanted assurances on financial support to help them cut emissions, adapt to inevitable changes such as sea level rise and pay for damage that's already happened.

Climate activists say the Katowice rulebook is only a first step, as good policies and strong enforcement by governments are the key to securing climate goals.

The rules describe in detail how countries will track their emissions and communicate with each other about their progress in the coming years and decades.

Almost 200 nations agreed to enforce rules on implementing the Paris Agreement.

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