A virtual TED event also focused on ways in which damage to the environment can fuel social and racial injustice.
Hundreds of farmers who lost huge swathes of their crops to heavy rains as well as white fly and stem fly infestations around India's Madhya Pradesh state had earlier staged protests for nearly two weeks in August.
The world's rich also continue to "consume and consume and consume with no thought", UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa says, even as they "drag their feet" on meeting pledges to tame climate threats.
The goals, which includes a pledge to reach peak emissions in 2030, are the most concrete yet announced by China, which accounts for one quarter of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions blamed for fast-rising temperatures.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tells lawmakers her new ambitious plan of cutting 55 percent emissions by 2030 should help the European Union achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Thousands of blazes are sweeping through the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, threatening one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.
US Democratic challenger Joe Biden assails Trump as a "climate arsonist" whose reelection would be catastrophic for the environment.
Chemicals in the company's cleaning and laundry products make up 46 percent of its Home Care division's carbon emissions across their life cycle.
The reading was registered on Sunday at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in the Death Valley national park by an automated observation system.
Record-breaking warm period in Siberia was more than 2C hotter than it would have been if humans had not warmed the planet through decades of greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say.
The last five-year period has been the warmest five years on record, said the UN's World Meteorological Organization.
A handful of people stood in the background holding banners reading "Wake Up: Climate Action Now" and "Crisis is Crisis" before being dispersed by police without incident.
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