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2.7° Warming – Humanity ‘on a catastrophic path’ in the face of climate change

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United Nations Secretary-General Guterres

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If nothing changes, the Earth will warm by 2.7 degrees by 2100, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned. The 1.5 degree goal is out of reach.

FifthBefore the climate conference in Glasgow in November, the world was on a “disastrous path” according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regarding global warming. According to a report by the responsible United Nations climate agency, a temperature increase of 2.7 degrees is expected.

“This would break a promise made six years ago to pursue the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement,” Guterres said Friday in New York. “Failure to achieve this goal will be measured in heavy losses in human lives and livelihoods.”

The United Nations had previously presented a climate report on the international community’s plans to reduce emissions. The UN Climate Secretariat said countries “must urgently redouble their efforts on climate” if they are to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.

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Experts agree that much more needs to be done around the world by 2030 if global warming is to remain well below 2 degrees, as agreed in 2015 by nearly 200 countries in Paris. The Earth has already warmed by about 1.2 degrees compared to pre-industrial times. In order to meet the target, emissions must be reduced by 45 percent compared to 2010, according to the United Nations. The World Climate Conference in Glasgow in November is a significant event.

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