KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):
The environment minister of the Maldives is taking a stand for the planet — and wants everyone else to do the same.
During his speech at the U.N. climate summit in Poland, Hussain Rasheed Hassan called on officials from other countries to get up off their seats, causing an awkward moment among the participants.
Hassan urged the meeting to “stand for a few moments and think about what will happen if we fail to take actions to save the planet now.”
After some shuffling of feet, delegates rose.
Hassan closed his speech by citing scientific reports that countries have 12 years to keep global warming from rising beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) and avert what he called “an unprecedented human-induced catastrophe.”
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