The world is ‘on the verge of the abyss’, says UN

The world is running out of time to tackle the climate crisis, according to the latest findings by the UN

By Doloresz Katanich
Apr. 20, 2021

The State of the Global Climate 2020 report by the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation, released on Monday, shows last year was one of the hottest on record.

Greenhouse gas concentrations have increased despite the pandemic-related economic slowdown.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns that 2021 must be the year of action for protecting people against the “disastrous” effects of climate change, at a press conference presenting the details of the report in New York. He said current climate ambition levels were way short of what was needed.

“Time is fast running out to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. We need to do more, and faster, now.”

The standards set in the 2015 Paris Agreement are aimed to cap global warming at well below two degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels, with countries aiming to limit the increase to 1.5 C.

To reach this goal, it is essential that we reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Although, another report from the International Energy Agency has shown that demand for all fossil fuels is set to grow significantly in 2021.

Coal demand alone is projected to increase by 60 per cent more than all renewables combined.

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