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Need To Know: Attenborough warns of ‘collapse of civilisations’

■ Attenborough warns of ‘collapse of civilisations’

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has issued a stark warning that the collapse of civilisations and extinction of much of the natural world are ‘on the horizon’ without action to tackle climate change.

The naturalist and TV presenter (pictured) delivered a message from people around the world to United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland, calling for leaders and decision-makers to take charge on driving down greenhouse gas emissions.

Sir David was speaking on behalf of the UN’s ‘People’s Seat’ initiative to give ordinary people a voice at the international talks by gathering their thoughts through social media and polling in the past two weeks.

He said the world is facing its ‘greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change’, adding: ‘If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.’

Sir David told the climate talks: ‘The world’s people have spoken, their message is clear, time is running out, they want you, the decision-makers, to act now.’

■ Father told pregnant daughter to ignore Grenfell firefighters and flee building

A FATHER told his pregnant daughter to ignore firefighters and flee Grenfell Tower, believing it was better to ‘die trying than just burning alive’, an inquiry has heard.

Mohamed Yahya, who lived in Barandon Walk, a neighbouring block, said he was in ‘complete disbelief and was petrified for my family’ when he stood at the foot of the tower as it was engulfed by flames.

His daughter, Rabia Yahya, who was 21 weeks pregnant, was trapped on the 18th floor with her three children. They eventually managed to escape.

The public inquiry into the 2017 London blaze has previously heard she was repeatedly told by 999 call operators to stay inside her flat, while friends and relatives outside urged her to leave.

In a written statement to the inquiry, Mr Yahya said: ‘I kept shouting at her saying, “Come out! Why aren’t you coming out?” She said that she couldn’t as the smoke was so bad.’

■ Uber to give NHS staff a Christmas lift

UBER has announced it will provide NHS staff in England who work over Christmas with free transport.

The ride-sharing firm is offering two journeys costing up to £10 each, in a bid to help staff get to and from work while public transport options are limited on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Last year, around 150,000 nurses and nursing assistants worked on Christmas Day, while 12,000 ambulance staff and 176,000 care workers were also on duty.

‘Everyone wants to be home with their families for Christmas day but so many of our selfless NHS staff give up their holidays to care for those who need it most,’ said health secretary Matt Hancock.

■ Man shot as flying squad moves to foil robbery

A MAN has been shot as armed police swooped to foil a robbery at a supermarket.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police flying squad along with marksmen carried out a ‘pre-planned’ operation in Wimbledon, south-west London, on Monday morning.

The man was shot at around 8.10am after officers confronted suspected robbers near a Sainsbury’s. He was taken to hospital and no information has been released about his condition.

One witness said two men were seen trying to rob a white van parked outside the store. He added: ‘Two guys went to raid it and the cops bounded on them. Seven shots were fired. The cops were waiting for them.’

A second man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.