Promises against climate change “are empty”: UN secretary

The promises of countries to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases “are empty” if they do not end with fossil fuels, declared yesterday the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.

The boss of the UN warned that the goal of limiting global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius is “on life support”, at a time when the Climate Change Conference He enters his last hours, although he pointed out that “until the last moment, we must maintain hope.”

Promises ring hollow when the fossil fuel industry continues to receive billions in subsidies or when countries continue to build coal plants, “he added Guterres on the COP26.

The negotiations are at a decisive moment to produce a document with new commitments against the climate crisis. Guterres he called on the nearly 200 governments “to accelerate the pace and show the necessary ambition.”

“We cannot be content with the lowest common denominator,” he said. “We know we have to do it”.

Guterres stated that the negotiations of the COP26 from Glasgow, Scotland, scheduled to conclude today, “most likely” will not deliver on the carbon reduction promises he has said are necessary to prevent the planet from warming beyond the 1.5 degree threshold.

So far, the talks have not come close to any of the three priorities announced by the UN for the annual conference, called COP26. One is to cut carbon emissions roughly in half by 2030 to reach the target you alluded to. Guterres.

The other two are getting rich countries to fulfill a 12-year-old promise to provide $ 100 billion a year in financial aid to poor nations and ensure that half of that amount goes to support developing countries to adapt to the worst effects of climate change.

By AFP and AP


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