Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves. — United Nations secretary general, António Guterres
Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves. — United Nations secretary general, António Guterres
At COP26 Summit, Urgent Pleas to Combat Global Warning
Addressing leaders of the more than 120 countries represented at the summit on Monday, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, said the effects of a warming planet were being felt “from the ocean depths to the mountaintops.”

“Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper,” Mr. Guterres said. “We are digging our own graves.”

Oceans are hotter than ever, parts of the Amazon rain forest emit more carbon than they absorb, and over the last decade about four billion people were affected by events related to the changing climate. In the past year alone, deadly floods hit Germany and China, heat waves killed nearly 200 people in the Pacific Northwest and so-called zombie wildfires raged in the Arctic.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain compared the race to stop global warming to a spy thriller, warning that “a red digital clock ticks down remorselessly to a detonation that will end human life as we know it.”

“We are in roughly the same position, my fellow global leaders, as James Bond today,” Mr. Johnson said. “The tragedy is this is not a movie, and the doomsday device is real.”

But for all the dire warnings Monday, there was little in the way of specific proposals about how to reduce emissions in the immediate future.
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