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COP24 climate conference: World facing 'greatest threat in thousands of years'

Updated less than 1 min ago10:21 a.m. ET, December 10, 2018
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Protestors disrupt US energy event at COP24

From CNN's John Sutter in Katowice

Dozens of protestors interrupted a US event aimed at promoting coal and other fossil fuels at COP24 today.

Chanting "Keep it in the ground!" and "Shame on you!" the activists called for an end to the fossil fuel era.

Speaking from the podium, Trump administration energy adviser Preston Wells Griffith said: "All energy sources are important. And they will be utilized unapologetically."

CNN's Gul Tuysuz posted from the event:

14 min ago

Fashion brands sign charter for climate action 

Luxury fashion houses, retailers and suppliers have signed a fashion industry charter for climate action, committing to reduce their aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

The new charter formally launched at COP24 today with support from 40 signatories including Stella McCartney, Burberry, Adidas and H&M Group.

The companies involved have agreed to prioritize low-carbon transportation suppliers and favor climate-friendly materials.

A model walks in Burberry during a show for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection at London Fashion Week on September 17, 2018. The fashion label said it would ban its practice of destroying unsold products.

Related: Burberry bans destroying unsold goods and using fur

54 min ago

Union of Concerned Scientists: "It's a sad day when the US can’t endorse the findings of a major report"

From CNN's Mark Tutton in Katowice

In response to the US refusing to “welcome” a major climate change report, Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy with the Union of Concerned Scientists, an independent advocacy group, told a press conference at COP24:

"It’s a sad day indeed when the US says it can’t endorse the findings of this major scientific report.”

Meyer added:

“The IPCC special report is a wake-up call from the world’s scientists that must be heeded.
“Ministers arriving in Katowice today must emphatically reject the efforts of the US, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Russia to downplay the report’s findings and they must acknowledge the need to dramatically scale-up mitigation activities as well as to provide support for developing country action including strategies to deal with the ever-mounting impacts of climate change.”

4 hr 10 min ago

The link between beef and climate change

To avoid a climate catastrophe, people will have to drastically shift their diets from resource-intensive foods such as beef, according to a report by the World Resources Institute, released last week at COP24.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh took a trip to Texas, beef capital of the US, to look into the environmental impact of beef, and how human consumption needs to change to reduce global warming.

Changing a diet isn't easy, but there steps we can take to reduce our beef intake.

From blended meat to bug burgers, these are your beef alternatives.

4 hr 53 min ago

US refuses to "welcome" major climate report

From CNN's Mark Tutton in Katowice, Poland

On Saturday, there was deadlock at COP when the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait objected to a proposal to “welcome” a major climate change report that was released in October.

The report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states there must be substantial efforts before 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent drastic consequences.

The US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait -- all major fossil fuel producers – said they would “note” the scientific conclusions, rather than welcome them.

It might seem like a small difference, but many countries felt that “welcoming” the report would be an important signal that its findings would be addressed.

A US state department spokesman said: 

“The United States was willing to note the report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that would denote endorsement of the report. As we have made clear in the IPCC and other bodies, the United States has not endorsed the findings of the report.”

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports live from COP24:

Watch CNN's special report on the cost of beef.

11:45 a.m. ET, December 7, 2018

Youth weigh in on the Paris Agreement

Today at COP24, young climate activists called for more government action, transparency and further funding towards tackling climate change.

Speaking at a press conference for YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of UN Climate Change, young people set out their guidelines for how the Paris Agreement should be implemented.

One YOUNGO representative said:

“Rich countries' addiction to fossil fuels has caused irreparable harm to the world’s most vulnerable people. Someone has got to pay. So rich countries must take action on loss and damage now.”

While another spokesperson stressed the importance of engaging youth on the topic of gender and climate justice:

We are the individuals who will have to live in a world we are creating and we should have the power to change and shape what it looks like."

Last week, YOUNGO members also gathered to discuss their policy position during the annual Conference of Youth in Katowice.

7:26 a.m. ET, December 7, 2018

Greenland’s ice is melting at an “unprecedented” rate, says report

Another stark reminder of the harm caused by climate change comes with a report that the rate at which Greenland is losing its ice is accelerating.

Greenland’s ice sheets are melting at a rate 50% higher than pre-industrial levels and 33% above 20th-century levels, according to a study published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature.

Sarah Das, an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-author of the study, said:

“Climate change -- whether it’s in Greenland or in your backyard -- is here and already happening and already impacting people.”

The study found that ice loss is driven primarily by warmer summer air, and that even small rises in temperature can trigger exponential increases in the ice’s melt rate.

“As the atmosphere continues to warm, melting will outpace that warming and continue to accelerate,” says Luke Trusel, an assistant professor at Rowan University and study co-author.

Read more about it here.