COP25 conference opens in Madrid

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Ministers and officials from more than 190 countries gathered in Madrid on Monday for the start of two weeks of talks aimed at ironing out technical details of the 2015 Paris agreement, which needs to be completed for nations to focus on the progress on cutting carbon emissions.

"We're still in it", Pelosi said. And maybe four: "science, again".

Pelosi led a delegation of more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress to the climate talks to declare that they stand by the 2015 Paris accord, from which President Donald Trump recently announced the US would withdraw.

As world leaders convene December 2-13 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, Cal State Fullerton science faculty and student researchers are immersed in studies - impacts to land, sea and air- on climate change, a holistic term used to describe all components of the climate system, says Matthew E. Kirby, professor of geological sciences.

"I'm convinced that Europe will be in a position to negotiate with China, with India, with the United States, with Russian Federation in a way that will allow all to understand that this must be a collective effort and that they all will have to correct their policies in order to be able to drastically reduce the emissions", Guterres said. "Now is not the time to offer an escape route to polluting Northern country governments and big oil".

Joe Carlin, assistant professor of geological sciences, adds that climate change is a natural process that has occurred throughout Earth's history. Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Ecuadorian leader Lenin Moreno, 15 EU-countries' prime-ministers, new European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament speaker David Sassoli will all be present in Madrid for the COP25 events.

"There is no wall high enough to protect any country from this challenge, however powerful they are".

Sánchez also said development should not ignore women and the environment.

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While a fast-growing youth-led climate activist movement is pressuring leaders to act, U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to begin withdrawing from the accord last month has cast a shadow over the latest round of negotiations.

Many countries are not even meeting those commitments, and political will is lacking, Mr Guterres said.

Concentration of planet-warming Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has also reached levels not seen in three to five million years, the WMO will report this week.

Mr Guterres noted some 70 countries - many of them among the most vulnerable to climate change - have pledged to stop emitting more greenhouse gases by 2050.

To limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5 deg-C, the annual GHG emission in 2030 needs to be 32 gigatonnes lower than what current NDCs imply, a 57 percent cut. Thankfully, Madrid agreed to host the meeting.

The congressional group is separate from the official USA delegation at the "COP25" conference, which is led by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, a senior State Department official. However, that won't be technically completed until November 4, 2020.

COP25 in Madrid is the last United Nations climate forum before countries are due to submit their enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the first Paris Agreement implementation cycle in 2020.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned that efforts to reduce carbon emissions are "utterly inadequate", and global warming could pass "the point of no return".

Key priorities for the LDC Group at COP25 include finalising robust rules for the future emissions trading scheme, which are consistent with the Paris agreement targets, and the achievement of other climate accord goals, according to the press release.