World leaders appeal for ‘urgent action’ on climate at UN meeting Mar 15, 2019 0 637 12345 AFPNairobiWorld leaders gathered in Kenya on Thursday to lend political muscle to UN environment talks, calling for “urgent action” to slow the destruction of natural habitats and accelerate funding for green development.French President Emmanuel Macron and Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta were among several heads of state in Nairobi for the fourth UN Environment Assembly -- a vast gathering of ministers, legal experts, charities and business leaders. The assembly aims to push countries to commit to slashing pollution and widening renewable energy, recycling and conservation.“Current global statistics are quite sobering and projections for future generations are dire and demand urgent action,” Kenyatta told delegates. “Climate change continues to be a major threat to sustainable development worldwide. And its impact places a disproportionately heavy burden on the poor and vulnerable.”Thursday’s One Planet Summit, also in Nairobi, saw a number of pledges for green investment in Africa -- a continent experiencing some of the worst impacts of climate change despite producing a tiny percentage of global greenhouse-gas emissions.“We need to act. We must put environment and biodiversity at the heart of the economy,” Macron said.Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas. Pollution from toxic and non-toxic materials is having a dire effect on global health, the UN said this week.At least eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, breaking up into micro-fragments that enter the marine food chain. “Young people are telling us ‘you’re not going fast enough’. And they’re right, because we have been too slow,” Macron said. “We all have to move: governments, big business, citizens.” RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan and India hold ‘very positive’ talks on Sikh shrine Mar 15, 2019 0 713 Afghan air strikes kill 31 militants Mar 15, 2019 0 1237 3.7 mn children at risk of measles in Philippines, warns Red Cross Mar 15, 2019 0 637 Malaysia rejects requests to free suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder dpa Singapore/Hanoi Vietnam’s government expressed “regret” that Malaysia rejected its call to free a Vietnamese national being charged with murdering the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, days after an .. Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia AFP Bornuur, Mongolia In the world’s coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar’s air too toxic .. Farmer unions call to discard free trade pact IANS New Delhi About 40 farmer unions, led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Thursday demanded the government walk out of the negotiations over the RCEP free trade agreement, saying it would be disastrous for the domestic ..