UN climate crisis disasters. According to the UN (United Nations) climate disasters are happening at least once a week. The climate crisis is progressing faster than expected, warned last month the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
Climate crisis disasters are progressing faster than expected, warned Sunday, June 30 the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres in Abu Dhabi, calling for urgent action to avoid a “disaster”.
“We are here because the world is facing a severe climate emergency,” Antonio Guterres said at a two-day climate meeting in the United Arab Emirates to prepare for a summit in September in New York.
“Climate change is happening now (…) It is progressing even faster than predicted by the best scientists in the world” and “ahead of our efforts to fight against it,” said the UN chief. “Every week brings a lot of new climate-related destruction,” he said, citing “floods, droughts, heat waves, fires and mega storms.”
“Climate change is going faster than us,” warned Guterres, who convened a summit in New York on September 23, as countries do not respect certain provisions of the 2015 Paris agreement to limit global warming. + 2 ° C by the end of the century.
“We know that even if the promises of (the agreement) Paris are fully met, we will still be facing at least + 3 °C by the end of the century, a catastrophe for life as we know it,” was alarmed Mr. Guterres.
The situation will continue to deteriorate unless “we act now with ambition and urgency,” he added.
The UN climate panel (Giec) issued a shocking report in 2018 demonstrating that limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C rather than + 2 ° C would greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. negative impacts.
Limiting the rise in global temperatures to + 1.5 ° C would mean reducing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50% by 2030 compared to 2010, calculated the IPCC experts, and therefore drastically reducing and quickly the use of fossil fuels. But some highly polluting countries, such as Saudi Arabia, the leading oil exporter, questioned the report’s findings, creating tensions in the negotiations, including at the last meeting in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday.
The September 23 summit at the United Nations is presented as the first meeting of world leaders on climate change since the Paris agreement in 2015. It will be followed by the annual UN climate conference (COP) to be held in December in Chile.