The UK is calling for more global efforts as the United Nations says global warming is faster than previously expected. A United Nations report released today warns that in the next decade or two, we are likely to achieve a 1.5 degree rise if we do not take immediate action.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and COP26 President Alok Sharma have called for urgent action to reduce global emissions. The UK is pressing countries around the world to step up their climate protection ambitions in preparation for COP26 in Glasgow in November.
The latest report, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is a major warning to scientists around the world that human activity is causing alarming damage to the planet.
The report warns that climate change is already affecting all regions of the world and that without urgent action to curb global warming, heat waves, torrential rains, droughts, loss of Arctic sea ice, snow cover and permafrost will all increase. while carbon sinks. They are becoming less effective at slowing the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The report highlights that immediate reductions in global emissions and net zero emissions by mid-century have a good chance of keeping global warming below 1.5°C over the long term, thus avoiding the worst effects of climate change.
- Boris Johnson responded too
“Today’s report is a sobering read, and it is clear that the next decade will be key to securing the future of our planet. We know what we need to do to reduce global warming: we need to put coal in the shadows of history, move to clean energy sources, protect nature, and provide financing to the countries that are at the fore. The fight against climate change.”
The UK is at the fore, having reduced the carbon footprint of its economy faster than any other G-20 country in the past two decades. I hope today’s IPCC report will be a wake-up call for governments to take action ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November,” he added.
Forest fires, floods and heat waves
While there are more and more extreme events around the world, from wildfires in North America to floods in China to floods in Europe, India and Africa, and heat waves in Siberia, COP President Alok Sharma is negotiating with governments and businesses to increase their activity. Global climate efforts and immediate steps to halve global emissions over the next decade and reach net-zero emissions by mid-century to keep the 1.5°C target set in the Paris Agreement within reach.
The UK is already taking the lead with a clear plan to reduce its emissions by 68% by 2030, 78% by 2035 and to reach net zero by 2050. Today, more than 70% of the global economy has set net zero goals – up from 30% when the UK took over the COP presidency. The first G7 summit on net zero emissions was held in May, where all countries set emission reduction targets for 2030 that will guide them on the path to achieving the 2050 target.
However, today’s report shows that Much more work is urgently needed.
Source: British Prime Minister’s Office
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