Governments are letting vested interests call the climate shots, rather than serving the global community. — Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International
Governments are letting vested interests call the climate shots, rather than serving the global community. — Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International
United Nations Warns of ‘Catastrophic Pathway’ With Current Climate Pledges
Even if all countries meet the emissions promises they’ve made to address climate change, the global average temperature is poised to rise 2.7 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, a level considered “catastrophic” in a new report from the United Nations climate agency released Friday.

That level of warming is likely to worsen the kinds of extreme wildfires, droughts and floods witnessed in recent months and years, increase the frequency of deadly heat waves around the world, and threaten coastal cities with rising sea levels.

The United Nations Secretary General AntΓ³nio Guterres called it a “catastrophic pathway.” The results represent a country-by-country tally of climate pledges made so far under the Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015 and designed to avert the worst consequences of global warming.

The report was released ahead of the annual gathering of presidents and prime ministers for the United Nations General Assembly next week, where climate change is likely to be one of the key global issues, and on the day President Joseph R. Biden Jr. gathered several world leaders for a virtual meeting designed to nudge countries to make even more ambitious climate pledges.

Perhaps most starkly, the report displayed the large gap between what the scientific consensus urges world leaders to do and what they have been willing to do so far. Emissions of planet-warming gases are poised to grow by 16 percent during this decade compared with 2010 levels even though the latest scientific research indicates that they need to decrease by at least a quarter by 2030 to avert the worst impacts of global warming.

“Governments are letting vested interests call the climate shots, rather than serving the global community,” Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, said in a statement.
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