Political leaders and climate diplomats are to meet in Madrid for two weeks of talks amid a growing sense of crisis. According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon”. Meanwhile, Save the Children says that climate shocks have left millions in Africa facing hunger. The charity says 33 million people are at emergency levels of food insecurity due to cyclones and droughts.
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The European Union will challenge the U.S. and China on climate-change targets as the fight against global warming becomes a major international issue, according to new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The EU is considering a target to bring emission levels down to zero by the middle of this century in its bid to lead the push to reduce greenhouse gases. Von der Leyen will pitch this plan to envoys from more than 200 nations on Monday when she travels to Madrid to take part in the opening of the United Nations climate talks. It will be her first event in the role, in which she started her five-year term on Sunday.
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Climate crisis: what is COP and can it save the world?
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The world must stop a “war against nature” and find more political will to combat climate change, United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has said ahead of the start of a two-week global climate summit in Madrid. Around the world, extreme weather ranging from wildfires to floods is being linked to manmade global warming, putting pressure on the summit to strengthen the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting the rise in temperature. “Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible,” Mr Guterres said ahead of the 2-13 December summit. “We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions.”
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