UN climate talks a ‘lost opportunity’: Guterres Dec 16, 2019 0 206 12345 AFPMadridA MAJOR climate summit wrapped up in Madrid on Sunday with a compromise deal that left little to show, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to lament a “lost opportunity” to act.Almost a fortnight of COP25 talks just squeezed out hard-earned compromises from countries over a global warming battle plan that fell well short of what science says is needed to tackle the climate crisis.“I am disappointed with the results of COP25,” Guterres said. “The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis.” The summit’s final declaration “expresses the urgent need” for new carbon cutting commitments to close the gap between current emissions and the Paris treaty goal of capping temperature at below two degrees, host country Spain said.“Today, the citizens of the world are asking for us to move ahead faster and better,” Carolina Schmidt, Chilean environment minister and President of COP25, told the closing plenary.But Tina Eonemto Stege, climate envoy for the Marshall Islands, denounced the response as inadequate for facing an existential threat of rising sea levels.“Unfortunately, the new text we adopted this morning does not reflect anything near what we would have wanted,” Stege said. Even if all countries implement their current plans under Paris, Earth is on course to warm more than 3C by 2100. RELATED ARTICLES US to announce 4,000-troop drawdown from Afghanistan Dec 16, 2019 0 205 Six dead in protests against Indian citizenship legislation Dec 16, 2019 0 1125 UK oppn chief Corbyn apologises to supporters for British election defeat Dec 16, 2019 0 824 Teen climate activist Thunberg in Twitter spat with German rail Berlin: Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was forced to defend herself in a Twitter spat with German railway service Deutsche Bahn (DB) on Sunday. Thunberg, 16, provoked a testy reaction from Germany’s .. Prime Minister Narendra Modi blames opposition Congress party for the violence “To give respect to those who fled to India and were forced to live as refugees, both houses of parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Congress and its allies are resorting to arson because they did not get their .. At least 4 killed in magnitude-6.9 earthquake in southern Philippines Manila: A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least four people and sending panicked residents out into the streets as structures collapsed. A three-storey supermarket .. 14 killed, 18 injured in Nepal pilgrimage bus crash Kathmandu: At least 14 people died after a bus carrying pilgrims veered off a highway and rolled down a steep slope in central Nepal on Sunday, officials said, the latest deadly traffic accident in the Himalayan nation. .. 10 killed in second Bangladesh factory fire in a week Dhaka: At least 10 people died in a factory fire outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, officials said on Sunday, the second deadly industrial blaze in four days. The flames engulfed a small fan factory in the Gazipur .. Pakistan to resume talks with World Bank on India water dispute ISLAMABAD: A high-level delegation from Pakistan left for the United States on Sunday for meetings with World Bank officials on the Indus Waters Treaty and disputes with India. As per reports, the delegation led by Indus ..