Climate crunch time

Top 10 things about COP24

Smoke and steam spewing from Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired power plant operated by PGE Group, in Poland last Wednesday. If the world wants to avoid locking in costly and deadly climate change, then coal has to bow out, and quic
Smoke and steam spewing from Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired power plant operated by PGE Group, in Poland last Wednesday. If the world wants to avoid locking in costly and deadly climate change, then coal has to bow out, and quickly. The UN climate panel says coal use would have to drop to nearly zero by 2050 to limit warming to 1.5 deg C.PHOTO: REUTERS

Today, one of the most important climate gatherings ever held gets under way. What's it all about and why is it important?

It is the largest and most important climate meeting since the 2015 Paris climate summit.

The overall aim of participants it to limit the impacts from global warming, one of the greatest challenges of our time. COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COPs are held annually and it is at these events that global decisions related to tackling climate change are made.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline 'Top 10 things about COP24'. Print Edition | Subscribe