"Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: Climate change", Attenborough said as the worldwide climate conference got underway with talks on how countries will implement the 2015 Paris Agreement limiting carbon emissions.
- Representatives from almost 200 countries began crunch United Nations climate talks in Poland against a backdrop of dire environmental warnings and a call for action against the "urgent" threats posed by climate change.
"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", Mr Guterres said. "Time is running out", he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the motivation for his "strong commitment" to climate action is rooted in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas.
"Carbon pollution has been rising since this government came to office and is projected to continue to rise all the way to 2030, which is as far as the government's projections go", he said, adding that "we are now pretty much the only major advanced economy where carbon pollution and greenhouse gases are going up rather than coming down".
Gaye was referring to a commitment that had been made in the climate conference in Paris by developed and rich countries to ramp up climate financing by $100 billion by 2020 to assist developing countries in fighting the climate change.
In Paris three years ago, countries committed to limit global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible.
It marks the deadline for the 197 parties that signed the Convention to adopt guidelines for the implementation of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, according to UN News.
"Now in Poland, they have to agree on how they will achieve this collectively, we can not fail in Katowice", the United Nations chief said. It was dwarfed by marches in Brussels, Berlin and Cologne over the weekend calling for greater action to curb climate change.
"For some people, this is a life-or-death situation without a doubt", said Natalie Mahowald, a Cornell University climate scientist and lead author of the IPCC report.
Modi and Guterres met last week on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the two held discussions about climate change and India's support for the Paris Climate Agreement. President Donald Trump has announced Washington's withdrawal from the Paris accord, saying it's a bad deal for Americans, and repeatedly questioned the science behind climate change.
We've got thousands of Australian schoolkids taking to the streets to protest climate inaction, and we've got everyone's surrogate grandpa making his disappointment very clear on a global stage.
The IPCC was invited by the UNFCCC to create the report in 2015 when the global community reached the Paris accord. But the governor of Germany's most populous state said Sunday it was premature to set a firm date for phasing out the use of coal-fired power plants.
Residents of the world's smaller islands, many of whom face catastrophic flooding from higher sea levels in a warming world, have been among the world's most vocal backers of measures to combat climate change.