The Latest: UN chief to urge action at climate conference

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  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, traffic crowds a road in Moscow, Russia after a sunset as smoke billows from a power plant in background. The COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Bonn, Germany. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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    Greenpeace activists project the writing "Coal destroys our future" on the cooling tower of the lignite power plant Neurath near Grevenbroich, western Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 10, 2017 during the global climate meeting in nearby Bonn. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)

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    Greenpeace activists project the writing "Coal destroys our future" on the cooling tower of the lignite power plant Neurath near Grevenbroich, western Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 10, 2017 during the global climate meeting in nearby Bonn. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)

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    Smoke and steam billow from the chimneys of the Kosovo A power plant, near Obilic, Kosovo, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Bonn, Germany. The two-week meeting that started Monday is the first major conference on climate change since President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris accord unless his administration can secure a better deal. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, traffic crowds a road in Moscow, Russia after a sunset as smoke billows from a power plant in background. The COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Bonn, Germany. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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    Greenpeace activists project the writing "Coal destroys our future" on the cooling tower of the lignite power plant Neurath near Grevenbroich, western Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 10, 2017 during the global climate meeting in nearby Bonn. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)

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    Greenpeace activists project the writing "Coal destroys our future" on the cooling tower of the lignite power plant Neurath near Grevenbroich, western Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 10, 2017 during the global climate meeting in nearby Bonn. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)

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    Smoke and steam billow from the chimneys of the Kosovo A power plant, near Obilic, Kosovo, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Bonn, Germany. The two-week meeting that started Monday is the first major conference on climate change since President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris accord unless his administration can secure a better deal. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

BONN, Germany (AP) — The Latest on a global climate conference in Bonn, Germany (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he will urge leaders at climate talks in Bonn to respond to the latest alarming data by further cutting emissions, helping countries respond to climate shocks, and mobilizing the $100 billion promised to help developing countries.

Guterres told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York before flying to Europe on Friday that recent reports "have set climate alarm bells ringing" and demonstrate the need to "accelerate climate action — and raise ambition."

He pointed to reports showing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaching new highs in 2016 and U.S. data showing temperatures are the warmest in "modern civilization."

The 2015 Paris climate accord set a target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) — or 2 C at the most — by the end of the century.

Guterres warned that the window of opportunity to limit temperatures to the target range "may close in 20 years or less."

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2:05 p.m.

The Italian government says the country will phase out the use of coal for national electricity needs by 2025 as part of developing a sustainable and competitive energy strategy.

Premier Paolo Gentiloni, flanked by his environment and economic development ministers, announced the plan Friday at a Rome signing ceremony of the National Energy Strategy.

The plan calls for investments of 175 billion euros ($204 billion) through 2030 in infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency development.

According to government statistics, carbon provided 16 percent of Italy's national electricity in 2015.

Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda said local and regional authorities must come on board the government's plan to reach zero percent by 2025.

The energy strategy sets goals of decreasing carbon emissions from energy 39 percent by 2030 and 63 percent by 2050.

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10:30 a.m.

Environmental activists have staged a protest at a German coal-fired power plant to highlight the country's continued use of heavily polluting fossil fuels.

Protesters projected images of Pacific islanders threatened by climate change onto the cooling tower of the lignite-fuelled power station in Neurath, western Germany, early Friday.

The stunt, organized by representatives of Pacific island nations and environmental group Greenpeace, takes place as diplomats from around the world meet in nearby Bonn to discuss implementing the Paris climate accord.

The German government claims to be a leader in the fight against climate change but has refused to set a date for phasing out the use of coal, which emits large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide when burned.

  

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