U.N. chief says global warming goal on ‘life support’
GLASGOW (AP) — United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres states that the goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F), is “on life support”. Climate talks in Glasgow have not reached any of the three U.N. goals. he stated that “until then, hope should be preserved .”
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Guterres stated that the U.N. Climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland are “in a critical moment” and must do more than securing a weak agreement that all participating countries agree to support.
” The worst thing is to agree at all costs with a minimum common factor that does not address the enormous challenges we face,” Guterres stated.
This is because the goal to limit warming from preindustrial times to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.75 F) by the year 2025 “is still within reach but on life support,” Guterres stated. The world has warmed by 1.1 degrees Celsius (2° Fahrenheit), with less than one degree remaining before the threshold is reached.
“It is the moment to reach agreement by increasing ambition in all areas: mitigation, adaptation and finance in a balanced way,” Guterres said in the 25-minute AP interview.
The U.S.-China Agreement announced Wednesday offered some hope that the negotiations will yield significant progress.
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