IPCC: UN urges “more ambitious” measures to fight climate change
Guterres has called on the leaders of developed countries to “commit to reaching net zero (net zero emissions) as close as possible to 2040.
The new report presented this Monday, in Switzerland, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, for its acronym in English) urges to take “more ambitious” measures to fight climate change and reduce emissions by half by 2030.
At a press conference to present the report, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the leaders of developed countries to “commit to reaching net zero (net zero emissions) as close as possible to 2040.”
“It can be done, some have already set themselves the target of 2035, and emerging market countries must also commit to reaching net zero by 2050,” he stressed.
Guterres has assured that never before has the world been “better equipped” to stop climate change, but he has said that we must “move at the speed of light”. “We have no time to waste,” he stressed.
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Everything at once everywhere
“The climate time bomb is ticking, but the latest IPCC report is a guide to deactivate it, a survival guide for humanity,” Guterres insisted, adding that to address the climate crisis it is necessary to do it “all at once in everywhere”.
In this same sense, the president of the IPCC, Hoesung Lee, has pronounced. He said that the urgency for more ambitious action shows by acting now, we can still ensure a sustainable future for people.
In 2018, the IPCC warned of the challenge of keeping warming to 1.5°C. Five years later, the group points out that this challenge has become even greater due to a continuous increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
In this context, he warns that the pace and scale of what has been done so far and the current plans are “insufficient” to deal with climate change. According to the IPCC, “more than a century” of burning fossil fuels and the “unsustainable” use of energy and territory has led to global warming of 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels.
The organization also emphasizes how vulnerable groups suffer more harm. Aditi Mukherji, one of the report’s 93 authors, stated that climate justice is essential since people who have contributed the least to climate change are suffering disproportionately.
He continues, “lives in areas that are very sensitive to climate change,” and “in the previous decade, mortality from floods, droughts, and storms were 15 times higher in areas.” About half of the world’s population.
To limit warming to 1.5ºC, the IPCC points out that “deep, rapid and sustained” reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are required in all sectors and that “they must be reduced by almost half by 2030”.
In addition to other suggestions, the organization suggests using sustainable energy, bicycles, and public transportation to enhance health and air quality.
Likewise, the group warns that “insufficient and misaligned financing is holding back progress”, and therefore proposes increasing financing for climate investments.