at the beginning of the climate conference in Katowice, Poland has asked the UN Secretary-General António Guterres for the international community to significantly greater efforts in climate protection. For many people, global warming is already a “matter of life and death”. The world is lost in your efforts “of course”. This residue must be recovered before it was too late.

The “devastating consequences” of the rise in global temperature everywhere become visible, said Guterres. However, many States have not kept their promise from the Paris climate agreement. “We are in trouble, we are in big trouble.”

24. UN climate change conference is to be collected, the measures for the implementation of the Paris climate agreement and made comparable. Up to the 14. December should be prepared for this purpose, a set of rules. To gathered delegates from almost 200 countries in Katowice. The Treaty of Paris to limit the global temperature rise to well below two degrees. Scientists around the world meteorological organization has warned that a rise of up to five degrees by 2100 if no action is taken.

According to the announced exit of the USA from the climate agreement is to be also secured financial support for the developing and emerging countries. The world Bank announced plans to double its financial aid to developing countries. From 2021 to 2025, a total of 200 billion dollars in the fight against climate change should be provided. The conference will also adopt a decision to alleviate the social consequences for the employees in the coal sector.

Merkel can represent

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was represented by environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) and development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU). Müller said in Katowice, the industrial countries would have to be their responsibility towards the developing and emerging countries. Climate protection was a “question of Survival of humanity” and “a cause for Hunger and poverty”.

Schulze and Müller presented the prospect to double the German contribution to the international climate Fund to 1.5 billion euros. Schulze said that Germany had to give “signals that we are serious with climate Finance”. The Federal government will kick in the negotiations and for “more commitment, courage and solidarity in the area of climate protection”. This must also apply at the national level. The protests of the Yellow West, in France, showed that when it comes to climate protection, the social question from the beginning, thinking it must be. Try Germany with the Commission to the Coal phase-out.

climate researcher Mojib Latif accused the Federal government, to companies, self-sufficient efforts. While in Germany, the call for the protection of the Brazilian rain forest, delaying the Coal phase-out and the hambach forest was to be cut down for the brown coal open-cast mining. Also in areas such as transport and buildings it is not in Germany.

sea-level rise due to the melting polar caps threaten as the first of the Pacific island States. On Sunday, Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama urged a swift change of course. The President of the island state of Nauru, Baron Divavesi Waqa, was critical of the fact that the Paris agreement will stop the coal industry is “radical”. “These powerful interests have remained in Paris intact, and we ignore this danger.”

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