Saturday, December 12, 2020

'Countries must declare climate emergency': UN chief Antonio Guterres- The New Indian Express

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 UN chief Antonio Guterres called on governments Saturday to declare a "state of climate emergency" and make good on their promises to slash carbon pollution as they recover from the pandemic.

Speaking at the opening of the Climate Ambition summit, held online to mark five years since the Paris climate deal, Guterres warned that nations' current commitments were "far from enough" to limit temperature rises to 1.5C degrees Celsius.

"If we don't change course, we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3.0 degrees this century," he said.

"That is why today, I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached," he added.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, China's President Xi Jinping and France's Emmanuel Macron are among leaders taking part in the virtual summit.

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