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The UN Secretary General urges immediate action to avoid a climate catastrophe

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, UN Secretary General António Guterres emphasised that the process of climate change is happening faster than predicted.

“We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency,” said the chief of the global organisation at a climate meeting held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in preparation for the New York climate summit in September.

“Every week brings new climate-related devastation,” he said, quoting floods, droughts, heat waves, wildfires and severe storms as examples.

“Climate change is running faster than we are,”

warned Guterres, who has called a world summit in New York for 23 September because some countries are failing to comply with the 2015 Paris Agreement, whose main objective is to limit global temperature rise by 2100 to below 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels. The desired goal is actually 1.5 degrees.

Video: YouTube/TRT World Now

The UN Secretary General emphasised that

even if all the undertakings of the Paris Agreement were honoured, we would still face a global temperature increase of at least 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, which would have catastrophic consequences for
life on Earth.

He called for ambitious and urgent action to avoid further escalation of the situation.

The climate summit to be held in New York in September will be the first meeting attended by world leaders since the Paris Conference.

Each week brings new climate-related devastation Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: UNFCCC

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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