The world is on a catastrophic pathway to 2.7°C of heating

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Upcoming Climate Summit at risk of failure, Paris targets could ‘Go up in smoke’, UN Secretary-General warns

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s remarks to the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, held 17 September 2021:

“The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a code red for humanity. But, it also made clear that it is not too late to meet the [Paris Agreement on climate change] 1.5°C target. We are rapidly running out of time. We must step up our efforts.

“Today, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published its synthesis report on the nationally determined contributions. We need a 45 per cent cut in emissions by 2030 to reach carbon neutrality by mid‑century.

Today’s data implies an increase of 16 per cent in emissions in 2030 compared to 2010 levels. The world is on a catastrophic pathway to 2.7°C of heating. There is a high risk of failure of [the twenty-sixth United Nations Conference on Climate Change], COP26.

“It is clear that everyone must assume their responsibilities. We need more ambition on finance, adaptation and mitigation. On finance, developed countries must fulfil the long‑standing pledge to mobilize $100 billion per year to support climate action in developing countries.”

Why would we not want to avert a catastrophic future?

Catastrophic now?

The upcoming COP26 talks in Edinburgh, Scotland, Oct 31 – Nov 12, 2021, could be our last best chance to work together on this crisis.

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