A Sobering Start for Climate Summit

This week's UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland have kicked off with some sobering statements.

While climate change’s toll is “worse than predictions”—countries are flagging on their commitments to tackle it, said UN chief Antonio Guterres. The iconic naturalist David Attenborough said he felt “misery” over climate change inaction, which he views as a betrayal of younger generations, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

The talks are designed to draw up rules to kick the Paris climate accord into high gear.

However, attendees will also hear that public funds to spread green energy in developing countries are wildly insufficient.

The UN’s Global Climate Fund has had a “slow and torrid start” and countries have walked back pledges, the Guardian reports. Just 3% of climate finance is reserved for decentralized energy projects, meaning developing countries must rely on profit-driven commercial banks.

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