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David Attenborough: Civilisation is on the brink of collapse

The Slovakian court's order came as negotiators from around the world assembled in neighbouring Poland for two weeks of talks on curbing climate change.

Poland's deputy environment minister, Michal Kurtyka, who is chairing the conference, urged envoys from nearly 200 nations to use the time between Sunday and December 14 to make progress on fleshing out the 2015 Paris agreement.

Just this week, the UN Environment Programme said the voluntary national contributions agreed in Paris would have to triple if the world was to cap global warming below 2 deg C.

As delegates from around 200 countries convened on Sunday for the start of United Nations climate talks, civil society organizations reminded negotiators that their discussions should revolve around people and the planet.

With the direst warnings yet of impending environmental disaster still ringing in their ears, representatives from almost 200 nations gather Sunday in Poland to firm up their plan to prevent catastrophic climate change.

There has been some controversy behind the actual stage of the COP24, since Poland is a very coal dependent country. The United States is the only country, not part of the accord after President Donald Trump made a decision to walk away from it.

Current pledges, even if implemented, would likely see warming closer to three degrees, resulting in worsening climate extremes including the demise of the great bulk of the world's coral reefs.

A 15-year-old Swedish activist who takes time out of school to highlight the danger of global warming echoed his appeal. In November, the most comprehensive federal climate assessment to date called climate change 'an immediate threat, not a far-off possibility, ' and detailed how every part of the country will be increasingly harmed as the Earth gets warmer. "Worldwide cooperation is the only way to address the global threat of climate change".

David Attenborough, the naturalist and broadcaster, sounded a dire warning in a speech Monday to the United Nations climate conference in Poland.

"The UN provides a unique platform that can unite the whole world and as the Paris agreement proved, we can make real change happen", Mr Attenborough said.

But Fiji's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama said any "just transition" should consider the fate of all the people around the world whose lives are affected by climate change.

After a string of damning scientific reports showing humanity must drastically slash its greenhouse gas emissions within the next decade, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told delegates at the opening of a UN climate summit: "We are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough".

"Katowice may show us if there will be any domino effect" following the U.S. withdrawal, said Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and a main architect of the Paris deal.

G20 leaders on Saturday wrapped up their summit by declaring the Paris Agreement "irreversible".

Many countries are already dealing with the droughts, higher seas and catastrophic storms climate change is exacerbating. Poland is heavily dependent on coal, which accounts for some 80 percent of all the nation's energy, the Associated Press noted.

"This is the challenge on which this generation's leaders will be judged", Mr Guterres said.

The aim of the two-week summit is to build on the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord which focused on strengthening the global response to the threat that climate change poses to the planet.

Attenborough's speech comes at a crossroad for global climate action.

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