The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit

The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit
Polish teenagers stage a protest in the U.N. climate conference venue on the last days of talks to urge negotiators from almost 200 countries to reach an agreement on ways of keeping global warming in check in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (Czarek Sokolowski)

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Countries have agreed that Chile will host next year's U.N. climate summit.

Delegates at this year's talks in Poland agreed Friday that the South American nation will stage the meeting after Brazil dropped out. Costa Rica, which had been also been in the running, will host a preliminary event.

The venue for international climate talks rotates among regions and next year it's the Latin American and Caribbean Group's turn.

Participants in U.N. climate talks on ways of combating global warming leave the venue at the end of the day's session in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Participants in U.N. climate talks on ways of combating global warming leave the venue at the end of the day's session in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

Brazil last month withdrew its offer to host the event citing "the current fiscal and budget constraints, which are expected to remain in the near future."

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8:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)

A group of countries have appealed for an ambitious outcome at the U.N. climate talks that would pave the way to curb global warming and protect the world's most vulnerable nations.

Ministers from 40 countries calling themselves a "High Ambition Coalition" at the talks in Katowice, Poland, on Friday made the appeal amid signs that the talks were not progressing as they had hoped.

They said delegates should support a scientific report calling for keeping global warming at no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) during this century and should agree on an ambitions rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate change accord.

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, a Coast Guard rescue team evacuates people from a neighborhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas. Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warns a new report Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, a Coast Guard rescue team evacuates people from a neighborhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas. Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warns a new report Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) (AP)

Some ministers said a few countries were hesitating on these points — suggesting they were the same oil-exporting countries that earlier did not want to "welcome" the report: the U.S., Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

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5:30 p.m.

In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 photo piles of electronic waste is placed next to a drain chocked with plastic and garbage in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 photo piles of electronic waste is placed next to a drain chocked with plastic and garbage in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) (AP)

The executive director of Greenpeace International says the U.S. delegation to the U.N. climate talks is putting itself in the way as the rest of the world is taking efforts to forge an agreement on fighting global warming.

Jennifer Morgan, speaking on the last scheduled day of the U.N. climate talks, said Friday that U.S. envoys were "certainly protecting representing the interests of The United States."

U.S. President Donald Trump has questioned the scientific views on the causes of climate change and has declared that the U.S. is pulling out of the 2015 Paris agreement that called on all countries to keep global warming in check.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 photo people who scavenge recyclable materials from garbage for a living walk near a mountain of garbage at the dump on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 photo people who scavenge recyclable materials from garbage for a living walk near a mountain of garbage at the dump on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (AP)

She said the U.S. delegation was questioning the science on climate change in the latest text and was "completely out of step" with other participants at the talks. Morgan says "they shouldn't put themselves in the way of the rest of the world."

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4:40 p.m.

Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa, left, and UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres ,right, attend the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa, left, and UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres ,right, attend the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

A group of small islands and countries particularly vulnerable to global warming are threatening to block agreement at U.N. climate talks unless their demands are met.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed told reporters Friday that the current draft agreement being discussed in Poland doesn't reflect the reality faced by countries on the front line of climate change.

Nasheed said "we are deeply unhappy with the way the talks are going," citing the lack of clear commitment to pursue the goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).

A participant in U.N. climate talks is reading the day's agenda on the last scheduled day of the negotiations between almost 200 countries in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A participant in U.N. climate talks is reading the day's agenda on the last scheduled day of the negotiations between almost 200 countries in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

He said the Alliance of Small Island States he represents would "therefore (be) rebelling against extinction and if necessary we will rebel against the negotiations."

Nasheed added that "we will not walk out, but we will veto."

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A participant in U.N. climate talks is reading the day's agenda on the last scheduled day of the negotiations between almost 200 countries in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A participant in U.N. climate talks is reading the day's agenda on the last scheduled day of the negotiations between almost 200 countries in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

1:40 p.m.

Costa Rica's environment minister says the trade spat between the United States and China is playing a role at the U.N. climate talks.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez told reporters in Katowice, Poland, on Friday that "socio-economic, political issues are reflected" in the talks, including the "trade issue between the U.S. and China."

People gather to take part in the ecological organizations demonstration during the COP24 summit at the 'Spodek' multipurpose arena complex in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People gather to take part in the ecological organizations demonstration during the COP24 summit at the 'Spodek' multipurpose arena complex in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

But he said countries concerned that taking action to curb global warming might harm their economies should consider that "it is in the self-interest of prosperity and economic growth."

He added that "climate action won't be a barrier for growth and trade," citing his own country's economic growth even as it cuts its use of fossil fuels.

Rodriguez said Costa Rica is not yet ready to commit to hosting next year's talks, after Brazil pulled out. He noted the estimated cost of $100 million to organize the summit and said Costa Rica is discussing "a joint effort with Chile."

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrives for a meeting with representatives of various NGO organisations in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrives for a meeting with representatives of various NGO organisations in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

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1 p.m.

Polish teenagers have staged an action at the venue of U.N. climate conference urging the negotiators on the last scheduled day of talks to reach an agreement on ways of fighting global warming.

People gather to take part in the ecological organizations demonstration during the COP24 summit at the 'Spodek' multipurpose arena complex in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
People gather to take part in the ecological organizations demonstration during the COP24 summit at the 'Spodek' multipurpose arena complex in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

More than 30 school students from Katowice, the Polish city where the talks are being held, responded Friday to a call by 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg for a "climate strike" to pressure politicians into greater ambition in fighting climate change.

They sang Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" and "They Don't Care About Us" as they stood near where negotiators from almost 200 countries were trying to reach agreement on the fine print of the 2015 Paris climate accord.

One of them, 15-year-old Gosia Czachowska, said she responded to Thunberg's call because "I care about the Earth ... and because I want to have a good future."

Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (AP)

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11:35 a.m.

After a long, hot summer that shriveled crops and left river levels unusually low, "hot age" has been chosen as Germany's word of the year.

Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. Slogan on the left reads 'So my children don't heve to strike anymore'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. Slogan on the left reads 'So my children don't heve to strike anymore'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (AP)

The Association for the German Language announced Friday that a jury chose "Heisszeit" — a play on "Eiszeit," or "ice age" — for this year's honor. It joins previous winners that include "postfaktisch," a reference to the rise of "post-truth" politics, in 2016.

The group said that the expression reflects not just "an extreme summer that felt like it lasted from April until November" but also points to broader concern about climate change.

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Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Students protest under the banner of 'Fridays for Future' in front of the Reichstag building, host of the German Federal Parliament, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 against the climate change. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (AP)

10:35 a.m.

Germany says failure to curb climate change would cost the world "a lot more" than the trillions of dollars President Donald Trump's claim he's saving by quitting the 2015 Paris accord.

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said Friday that "if we let entire stretches of this planet become uninhabitable then it will trigger gigantic costs."

Polish teenagers stage a protest in the U.N. climate conference venue on the last days of talks to urge negotiators from almost 200 countries to reach an agreement on ways of keeping global warming in check in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Polish teenagers stage a protest in the U.N. climate conference venue on the last days of talks to urge negotiators from almost 200 countries to reach an agreement on ways of keeping global warming in check in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

Trump said in an interview Thursday with Fox News that if he had remained in the Paris accord "we would be paying trillions of dollars, trillions of dollars for nothing, and I wouldn't do that."

The Paris accord requires countries to reduce their emissions, something scientists say will involve a wholesale shift in their economies. Rich countries have also committed themselves to providing financial support to poor nations to tackle global warming.

Schulze told reporters on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Poland that investing in developing technologies to protect the climate will give Germany "an enormous competitive advantage."

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 photo toxic froth from industrial pollution floats on Bellundur Lake in Bangalore, India. As politicians haggle at a U.N. climate conference in Poland over ways to limit global warming, the industries and machines powering our modern world keep spewing their pollution into the air and water. The fossil fuels extracted from beneath the earth's crust _ coal, oil and gas _ are transformed into the carbon dioxide that is now heating the earth faster than scientists had expected even a few years ago. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 photo toxic froth from industrial pollution floats on Bellundur Lake in Bangalore, India. As politicians haggle at a U.N. climate conference in Poland over ways to limit global warming, the industries and machines powering our modern world keep spewing their pollution into the air and water. The fossil fuels extracted from beneath the earth's crust _ coal, oil and gas _ are transformed into the carbon dioxide that is now heating the earth faster than scientists had expected even a few years ago. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) (AP)

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9:40 a.m.

Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11. 2018 photo motorists stuck in traffic jam during a rush hour at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 11. 2018 photo motorists stuck in traffic jam during a rush hour at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) (AP)

Ministers and senior officials from almost 200 countries were due to hold further meetings Friday before convening in plenary in the afternoon to address remaining differences.

Among the key pitfalls to emerge overnight was the question of how to establish a functioning international market in carbon credits and whether some countries should get money for damage already caused by climate change.

The meeting is meant to finalize the rulebook for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, provide assurances to poor nations on financial support for tackling global warming, and send a message that countries are committed to stepping up their efforts in the coming years.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo smoke billows from the chimneys at Lethabo Power Station, a coal fired power station, in Vereeniging, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo smoke billows from the chimneys at Lethabo Power Station, a coal fired power station, in Vereeniging, South Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File) (AP)