US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait water down key climate change report at COP24

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The US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait rejected the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report during discussions held at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Katowice, Poland.

In October, a climate change report by the U.N's IPCC warned governments of the imminent consequences of climate change, urging them to take action.

According to a report IPCC report, Earth's temperature risks crossing the 1.5 Celsius threshold by 2030, which would bring about droughts, floods, and extreme heat.

The report states that pollution caused by greenhouse gases needs to be cut by 45 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050 in order to prevent a rise in temperature.

This report is being discussed as part of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Katowice, Poland.

According to Reuters, the main goal is for world leaders to develop a rulebook detailing regulations to decelerate climate change in order to meet the Paris agreement goals.

However, during discussions held at the conference, the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait rejected the IPCC climate change report.

US authorities claimed data from the report should be 'noted' not 'welcome.'

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said they hoped the IPCC would address the 'gaps and challenges' in the report.

According to Reuters, parties were unable to reach an agreement due to lack of consensus.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of effects of climate change on Earth
2. Representation of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Katowice, Poland
3. Depiction of US not supporting IPCC climate change report
4. Depiction of Saudi Arabia not supporting IPCC climate change report

VOICEOVER (in English):
"According to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Earth's temperature risks crossing the 1.5 Celsius threshold by 2030, which would bring about droughts, floods, and extreme heat."

"The report states that pollution caused by greenhouse gases needs to be cut by 45 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050 in order to prevent a rise in temperature. "

"This report is being discussed as part of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Katowice, Poland."

"According to Reuters, the main goal is for world leaders to develop a rulebook detailing regulations to decelerate climate change in order to meet the Paris agreement goals."

"However, during discussions held at the conference, the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait rejected the IPCC climate change report."

"US authorities claimed data from the report should be 'noted' not 'welcome.'"

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said they hoped the IPCC would address the 'gaps and challenges' in the report."

"According to Reuters, parties were unable to reach an agreement due to lack of consensus."

SOURCES: IPCC, Reuters
https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-notebook/katowice-cop24-notebook-spotlight-on-u-s-coal-sideshow-idUSKBN1O9104