Germany Climate Students' Protest

Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

KATOWICE, Poland — Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming.

The talks in Poland were supposed to end Friday, but Michal Kurtyka, a senior Polish official chairing the negotiations, told delegates to resume talks on a revised draft text at 4 a.m. Saturday (0300 GMT).

The effort was bringing results in the form of preliminary texts for fine tuning, according to Kurtyka’s statement late Friday.

“Polish Presidency informs that a preliminary version of the package implementing the Paris Agreement has been worked out.,” the statement said.

The text was being consulted upon with various negotiating groups, the statement said.

After two weeks of talks in the southern Polish city, diplomats were coming closer to agreeing on the rules that govern the 2015 Paris climate accord. These include how countries should transparently report both their greenhouse gases emissions and their efforts to reduce them.

Scientists say global emissions need to drop dramatically by 2030 and reach near-zero by 2050 in order to prevent the potentially catastrophic consequences for life on Earth.

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that it’s possible to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) higher by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times. That’s the lower end of the 1.5-to-2 degrees C (2.7-3.6 degrees F) scale mentioned in the Paris accord.

But this would require a drastic overhaul of the global economy, including ending the use of almost all fossil fuels.

The United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have refused to “welcome” the IPCC report, angering other countries and environmentalists.

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(2) comments

Jimzan

Are these the same kids that are protesting in Europe over high taxes..lol Let's be green... but it comes at a cost...a cost that these young adults cannot afford.

Jimzan

Are these the same kids that are protesting in Europe...lol Climate change has a cost (we should all try to be more green), and I do believe Europe is a huge mess because of the gas tax being increased...to battle climate change..lol lol looks like the Europe is reaping what they sowed.

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