Climate crunch time

Climate change: UN talks a key test of global resolve

Countries in Poland talks need to finalise rule book to implement 2015 Paris Agreement; failure could set back efforts to slow climate change

Traffic enveloped by smog in Bucharest, Romania (below) and a flooded carpark in a town north of Nassiriya, Iraq (right). CO2 emissions are heating up the atmosphere and oceans, disrupting weather patterns. Flames from the Camp Fire wildfire burning
Flames from the Camp Fire wildfire burning near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California, on Nov 10. It was the deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Traffic enveloped by smog in Bucharest, Romania (below) and a flooded carpark in a town north of Nassiriya, Iraq (right). CO2 emissions are heating up the atmosphere and oceans, disrupting weather patterns. Flames from the Camp Fire wildfire burning
Traffic enveloped by smog in Bucharest, Romania. CO2 emissions are heating up the atmosphere and oceans, disrupting weather patterns. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Traffic enveloped by smog in Bucharest, Romania (below) and a flooded carpark in a town north of Nassiriya, Iraq (right). CO2 emissions are heating up the atmosphere and oceans, disrupting weather patterns. Flames from the Camp Fire wildfire burning
A flooded carpark in a town north of Nassiriya, Iraq (above). CO2 emissions are heating up the atmosphere and oceans, disrupting weather patterns. PHOTO: REUTERS

Critical talks get under way today in Poland that aim to accelerate global action on climate change as extreme weather puts more livelihoods and economies at risk.

The talks are urgent after devastating weather-related disasters this year - froma deadly heatwave and floods in Japan to record wildfires in California. A series of United Nations reports have also spelled out clearly that the world has just a few years to start making drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from industry, power stations and transport.

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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 'UN talks a key test of global resolve'. Print Edition | Subscribe