UN chief warns world on ‘one way ticket to disaster’ over local weather

Antonio Guterres says he’s ‘very concerned’ upcoming COP26 in Glasgow will fail.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has mentioned the world’s present local weather state of affairs is “a one-way ticket for disaster”, reiterating the urgency of settlement on the COP26 local weather convention on the finish of the month.

The 2015 Paris Agreement on local weather change, struck on the COP21 summit, referred to as for international warming to be capped at nicely beneath two levels Celsius (3.6 levels Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial stage, and ideally nearer to 1.5C (2.7F).

But present UN estimates point out a “catastrophic” warming of two.7C  (4.8F) is on the playing cards.

Guterres mentioned on Thursday that such a rise was “obviously a one-way ticket for disaster.”

“The carbon pollution of a handful of countries has brought humanity to its knees and they bear the greatest responsibility,” he informed a web-based press convention with members of the Covering Climate Now worldwide undertaking.

“I hope we are still on time to avoid a failure in Glasgow, but time is running short, and things are getting more difficult and that is why I’m very very worried. I’m afraid things might go wrong,” he mentioned.

The Glasgow summit begins on October 31 and is seen as essential for agreeing on worldwide emission targets that may gradual international heating.

The Group of 20, which incorporates the world’s greatest economies, is because of meet in Italy on October 30, however leaders are mentioned to be divided over phasing out coal and committing to the 1.5C goal.

Earlier this month, COP26 President Alok Sharma, mentioned the G20 assembly could be “make or break” for achievement in Glasgow.

“The G20 leaders will meet in Rome and they know their economies are responsible for four-fifths of planet carbon pollution,” Guterres mentioned.

“If they do not stand up … we are headed for terrible human sufferings,” he added.

He mentioned: “China and the United States must do more than what they have announced so far.”