A tramway at a stop near the "Spodek" arena, part of the venue where U.N. climate talks are help on ways of combating global warming in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The Latest: Climate passport for victims of global warming?

December 13, 2018 - 8:53 am

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

A prominent researcher is proposing establishing a "climate passport" for people driven from their homes by the impact of global warming.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said Thursday the passport could be modeled on a similar certificate given to refugees of Russia's civil war in the 1920s.

The so-called Nansen passport was later extended to other people who were made stateless after their citizenships were revoked. It helped hundreds of thousands of people to find refuge elsewhere in the world.

Schellnhuber's proposal, made on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks in Poland, is likely to face resistance from rich countries concerned about the possibility of millions of refugees heading their way in the coming decades.


1:55 p.m.

Vulnerable countries are warning against a "mediocre" outcome at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.

With just over a day left before the scheduled end of the meeting, a group of 48 countries called Thursday for greater unity among rich and poor countries.

The group, calling themselves the Climate Vulnerable Forum, said they are already experiencing the harmful effects of global warming such as prolonged floods, storms and droughts.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said countries such as his island nation "have no intention of becoming climate change's first victim. We will do whatever it takes to survive."

The group called for a clear signal to come out of the talks in Katowice, Poland, that would spur more ambitious action by governments, businesses and citizens around the world to halt global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).


10:45 a.m.

Negotiators from almost 200 countries are making a last-minute effort to resolve differences on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Diplomats and ministers worked through the night to present fresh drafts on the rulebook and other issues Thursday to the chair of the U.N. climate talks in Poland.

A Polish diplomat overseeing the two-week meeting is expected to merge the drafts and present them to delegates in the afternoon.

German negotiator Karsten Sach told reporters that a key test of whether the talks will conclude successfully Friday.

Other issues include financial support for poor countries and how to acknowledge of a key scientific report on keeping warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7. Fahrenheit) that major oil producers called alarmist.

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