IPCC report: climate experts “sound the death knell” for fossil fuels, according to United Nations Secretary General

“Ithere is no time to wait and no room for apologies “, commented Antonio Guterres after the publication of an edifying report on thes consequences of human activities on the climate.

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The sixth report of the UN climate experts (IPCC) is a real “Red alert” for humanity, reacted the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Monday, August 9. This scientific assessment report, the first comprehensive in seven years, “must spell the end of coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy the planet”, he added in a statement, calling for no coal-fired power plant to be built after 2021. Lhe greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change, are still on the rise, according to international studies.

The IPCC report estimates in particular that the threshold of +1.5 ° C of warming compared to the pre-industrial era will be reached around 2030, ten years earlier than in previous projections, threatening humanity with new disasters. “unprecedented”. “Countries should also put an end to new exploration and production of fossil fuels and shift subsidies from fossil fuels to renewables”, added the Secretary General, who attacks these industries even more head-on than usual.

“Greenhouse gas emissions created by fossil fuels and deforestation are choking our planet.”

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations

in a press release

The UN Secretary General also called on world leaders to ensure that the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow (Scotland) in November is a “success” to lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. “If we join forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But as today’s report makes clear, there is no time to wait and no room for excuses.”

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