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.
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.
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He called for ambitious and urgent action to avoid further escalation of the situation.
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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.
At their meeting in Japan, the environment ministers of G20 countries agreed on a global framework for the introduction and application of measures to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste pollution.
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