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Dignitaries and guests are seen gathered for the opening of the Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland on December 3, 2018. The Katowice Climate Conference has been deemed especially important for its role in the finalisation of the practical agreements of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and the fact that the World Meteorological Association has issued a dire warning on damage caused by climate change since the last conference. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

On Saturday, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, the United States, along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, acted to block the endorsement of the IPCC's recently released landmark climate change report.

The report notes the urgency of Earth's climate crisis, laying out the imminent impact of rising temperatures as well as guiding policymakers on how to offset the impact.

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