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Preventing water crises

Global temperature may rise by as much as 3 degrees

Due to the insufficient commitments of governments so far, global temperature may increase by twice the tolerable amount, 3 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century relative to the preindustrial period, warned UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

If warming reaches 3 degrees, the peoples of Earth will face even greater sea-level rise than previously expected, even more severe weather phenomena such as heat waves, drought, storms and floods, and a desperate struggle for soil, for water, for the fundamental resources required to sustain life.

Curbing climate change is the number one task for this and future generations. “It is time that all people open their eyes,” Ms Espinosa stressed at the meeting called to prepare for the 25th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25), and added that

immediate action was required,
as not only governments, but everyone is needed to change the world so as
to achieve the 1.5 °C goal of the
Paris Agreement.

Video: YouTube/UNCCD

The meeting held at the UNFCCC Secretariat headquarters in Bonn was focused on the COP 25 to be held in the capital of Chile, Santiago de Chile on 2 December, where the participants will negotiate about the details of implementing the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement that they could not settle at the COP 24 last year in Katowice, Poland.

The international trade in rights to emit the gases that contribute to climate change may be the most important topic at the preparatory meeting in Bonn and the Chile climate conference in December.

A 3 °C average temperature increase would present a fundamental threat to the lives of all creatures on the planet Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: UNFCCC

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