UN calls on humanity to end ‘war on nature’
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UN Secretary General made a statement ahead of a major conference on climate change
The devastating impact of global warming is nature’s response to an attack against it, UN Secretary General António Guterres said Sunday ahead of an important climate conference.
“For decades, the human race has been at war with the planet, and now the planet is fighting back,” he said, lamenting the “grossly inadequate efforts” of the world’s major economies to reduce carbon emissions..
“We have to end the war with nature, and science tells us we can do it,” he added..
Guterres noted that a report will emerge in the coming days confirming that the past five years have been the warmest on record, with 2019 likely to be the second hottest year on record..
“Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent, deadly and destructive,” he said ahead of the 196 countries COP25 climate change conference in Madrid..
The UN Secretary General noted that air pollution associated with climate change causes the death of seven million people every year. It also poses a threat to human health and food security..
The remarks of the UN head were clearly directed against several countries, which account for more than half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, although he did not name them by name..
President Donald Trump has launched the US withdrawal procedure from the Paris Climate Agreement by the end of the year. At the same time, other major emitters – China, India, Russia and Brazil – have made very meager statements about increasing their commitments..
Guterres said the European Union is playing a constructive role, noting that the bloc could help pave the way for a global zero-carbon economy by 2050.
Paris Agreement calls for limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, and if possible, 1.5 degrees.
However, the commitments made so far – even if fulfilled – will lead to an increase in global temperatures of at least 3 degrees Celsius, which, according to scientists, will certainly lead to human suffering..
Despite growing public pressure, the 12-day talks are likely to be mostly technical in nature. They will, in particular, be devoted to the harmonization of a “set of rules” under the Paris Agreement, which will enter into force at the end of next year..
Climate change is no longer a long-term issue, Guterres says.
“We are facing a global climate crisis and the point of no return is no longer over the horizon. She is in sight and is rapidly approaching us, “he stressed..