The world can only avoid climate extremism through radical action

UN climate officials say drastic measures, including significant cuts in fossil fuel use, are needed to curb global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on Monday showed that the world is “on the fast track to climate catastrophe” and that governments and organizations have been involved in a “litany of false climate promises,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“This is a shame that records the empty names that put us on the right path towards an inorganic world,” he said in a video message posted alongside the report.

Guterres said the world’s current course is global warming, which is more than twice the 1.5 degree limit agreed in the Paris climate talks in 2015.

To keep the 1.5 degree limit within reach, he said the world needed to reduce global emissions by 45% this decade.

The 2,800-page report states that only such a sharp drop in emissions this decade could turn the situation around. Even then, it said such measures would need to be merged with the government to plant more trees and develop technologies that could remove some of the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.

“It is now or never,” said James Skea, vice president of the IPCC report, in a statement.

“Without an immediate and profound reduction in emissions in all sectors, it will be impossible,” he added.

The report said that over the next three years – by 2025 – the world would need to stop its greenhouse gas emissions from increasing further in order to be on track to achieve its Paris goals. If the current trend continues, the report says, the 1.5 degree target will be “out of reach” and it will be more difficult after 2030 to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

Guterres blamed the government and companies but did not name individual countries.

“Some government and business leaders say one thing but do another.

“Simply put, they are lying,” he added. “And the results will be catastrophic.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the report “revealed how far the current international efforts to alleviate the climate crisis are far from being needed” and that this will be a “decisive decade”.

He cited some of the report’s recommendations for halting climate change, ranging from “improving energy efficiency, to halting and reversing global deforestation, to applying more sustainable transport and clean energy.” If countries take action now, he added, they could halve global emissions by 2030.

Some information in this report came from the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

The world can only avoid climate extremism through radical action

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