Leaders pledge green revolution as UN climate summit opens in Madrid Dec 03, 2019 0 188 12345 DPAMadridLeaders promised a green revolution on Monday as they arrived in Madrid from nearly 200 countries for a major United Nations climate summit, where their aim is to iron out rules to reach the agreed goal of limiting global warming under the Paris deal.“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand?” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres challenged leaders at the outset of the two-week Conference of the Parties (COP25).The conference takes place as leaders face growing pressure to produce more than hot air on climate change. Thousands of protesters gathered on Friday in cities from Australia to India and Europe, citing the “climate emergency” declared by EU lawmakers a day earlier and growing evidence of the dire consequences of global warming.Heat is also coming from the Fridays for Future movement spearheaded by Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.And around the world, death tolls are climbing due to storms, fires and other extreme weather events.Guterres laid out two paths for leaders when it came to enacting climate change measures: the path of hope - or surrender.The path of hope involves using less fossil fuel and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, he said.Guterres has admonished that cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases that have been agreed so far under the 2015 Paris agreement were “utterly inadequate” to limit temperature rises to a goal of between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.The conference began with the passing of the presidency to Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s environment minister. The summit had been set to take place in Chile, but was abruptly relocated to Spain after anti-government protests rocked the country.The goals of COP25 are to prepare ambitious national goals for 2020, build alliances and strengthen belief in climate protection action.Inaction will prove more costly than a proactive approach, said Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission, on her second day in office as the head of the EU executive. RELATED ARTICLES Winter storm lashes US Midwest, disrupts post-Thanksgiving travel Dec 03, 2019 0 976 Trump refuses to take part in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing Dec 03, 2019 0 502 China slaps sanctions on US over pro-Hong Kong bill Dec 03, 2019 0 546 One dead, over 212,000 displaced as typhoon batters Philippines Manila: At least one person was killed and more than 212,000 people were displaced as Typhoon Kammuri battered the eastern Philippines on Monday, officials said. More than 4,100 people were also stranded at seaports in .. House fire kills 13 Pakistanis on farm in Jordan Amman: Thirteen Pakistanis were killed on Monday when a fire broke out inside a tin house on a farm in western Jordan. The blaze erupted at dawn in the house occupied by two Pakistani families in the al-Shuna al-Janubiyya .. Political uproar, protests after doctor gang-raped, killed in India New Delhi: Indian lawmakers on Monday demanded strict action against culprits in the gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman, as hundreds of protesters nationwide called for a swift probe. Four men, all in their 20s, .. Japan to buy $146 million island for US military drills Tokyo: Japan said on Monday it had agreed to buy an uninhabited island off its southwest coast for $146 million, eyeing it for US military drills. Tokyo and Washington agreed in 2011 to relocate a training site for US .. Ukraine’s Zelensky denies deal to probe Trump’s rival DPA Kiev Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied in an interview published on Monday that there had been a quid-pro-quo deal with US President Donald Trump to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden. “I ..