UN’s Stark Warning: ‘Hellish’ 3°C Climate Rise Predicted Ahead of COP28

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UN’s Stark Warning: ‘Hellish’ 3°C Climate Rise Predicted Ahead of COP28

The world grapples with an impending climate crisis, facing the daunting prospect of a ‘hellish’ 3°C temperature rise, as the United Nations sounds the alarm before the critical COP28 summit.

This warning, preceding the much-anticipated climate conference in the United Arab Emirates, highlights the inadequacies of current carbon-cutting policies that threaten to push global temperatures to unprecedented levels.

Despite the already devastating impacts of a 1.4°C temperature rise, including extreme heatwaves, floods, and droughts, the UN report predicts far direr consequences if global temperatures continue to soar.

The urgency to reduce emissions and curtail the climate crisis has reached a critical juncture, demanding immediate and drastic actions from world leaders.

The UN Environment Program’s dire assessment underscores the urgency of the situation. Existing policies, even if fully implemented, fall short, steering the planet towards a catastrophic 3°C temperature rise.

Even implementing emission cuts pledged by developing nations, contingent on financial support, would still result in a perilous temperature increase of 2.5°C.

To meet the internationally agreed-upon target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, a monumental reduction of 22 billion metric tons of CO2 is imperative by 2030, representing 42% of global emissions, equivalent to the combined output of the world’s five worst polluters.

Amidst these alarming projections, key voices like Inger Andersen, the UNEP executive director, stress the need to break away from the cyclical inadequacy of past climate actions.

Rather than setting unwelcome records in emissions and extreme weather events, the emphasis shifts to breaking new ground by slashing emissions and bolstering climate finance.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres echoes a resounding call for transformation, labeling the present trajectory as a catastrophic failure of leadership and a missed opportunity.

Guterres asserts the urgency of action, pinpointing renewables as a readily available solution.

However, he underscores the imperative to eradicate the root cause of the crisis: fossil fuels.

The Secretary-General demands record levels of ambition, action, and emissions reduction, dismissing greenwashing and delay tactics, urging leaders to commit to tripling renewable energy capacity by 2030, and outlining a clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels.

With COP28 looming, world leaders face a pivotal moment to chart a course towards averting a catastrophic climate trajectory.

The urgency is paramount, with the need to restore trust between developed and developing nations, address broken promises on climate aid, and align commitments with actions.

A united, ambitious, and concerted effort is essential to harness this critical moment and steer the world towards a future where the 1.5°C limit remains within reach, ensuring a sustainable planet for future generations.

The challenge ahead demands a paradigm shift in the economic, legal, and financial realms. Experts stress the necessity of revamping international investment regimes that favor fossil fuel interests, hindering the transition towards green energy.

Urgent reforms are urged, aiming to dismantle treaties and contracts that impede emission reductions, ensuring a sustainable path forward and preserving habitability for generations to come.



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