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UN call for worldwide movement to reduce carbon emissions

02 December 2020

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres will today issue a stark warning of the consequences of not reducing carbon emissions.

He gave an interview to the BBC in advance of his statement, stating: “Our planet is broken” and cited the worsening impact of storms, cyclones and hurricanes around the world.

His State of the Planet speech today will confirm the main objective of creating a global coalition to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

While praising EU countries, the US, Japan, China and South Korea for their carbon neutral pledges, Mr Guterres will say that these nations need to be joined by all others.

“The science is clear, unless the world cuts fossil fuel production by 6% every year between now and 2030, things will get much worse,” he said.

Failure to achieve this will see a “catastrophic” rise in temperature of between three and five degrees Centigrade.

“Apocalyptic fires and floods, cyclones and hurricanes are the new normal.

“Biodiversity is collapsing. Deserts are spreading. Oceans are choking with plastic waste,” said Mr Gutteres.

The UK was one of the first to sign the pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with more details published on how it plans to achieve this in recent weeks.

Changes to energy use, infrastructure and the running of facilities will see numerous changes in the way facilities and estates are operated.

“We must forge a safer, more sustainable and equitable path,” said Mr Gutterres.


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