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World 'way off course' in climate change fight: UN chief

AFP  |  Katowice 

The world is "way off course" in its plan to prevent catastrophic climate change, UN Antonio said Monday as the COP24 summit officially opened in

After a string of damning environmental reports showing mankind must drastically slash its to avert runaway global warming, told delegates "we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough".

The nearly 200 nations that signed up to the 2015 climate deal must this month finalise a rulebook to limit global temperature rises to well below two Degrees Celsius, and to the safer cap of 1.5C if possible. But the rate of climate change is rapidly outstripping mankind's response.

With just one Celsius of warming so far, Earth is blighted by raging wildfires, extreme drought and mega-storms made worse by rising sea-levels.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption," said.

Some of the nations most at risk from climate change will have the chance Monday to plead the case for immediate action. Frank Bainimarama, of and of last year's COP climate talks, said nations must act now to stave off disaster.

"Or, God forbid, (we) ignore the irrefutable evidence and become the generation that betrayed humanity," he said.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:50 IST