Left Menu
Development News Edition

Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns; Will the world rise to challenge?

In Africa, severe drought drove nearly 900,000 people from their homes.


Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns; Will the world rise to challenge?
“Climate change is still moving much faster than we are,” he warned, calling the phenomenon the greatest threat facing humankind. (Image Credit: UN)

Climate change "is still moving much faster than we are," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday, calling for the political will, innovation and financing to cut global emissions by at least 25 percent over the next two years.

"Scientists are now worried that unless accelerated action is taken by 2020, the Paris goal may become unattainable," the UN chief told reporters at the world body's New York Headquarters.

The Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted by world leaders in December 2015, aims to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and pursues efforts to limit the temperature increase even further, to 1.5 degrees.

"I am beginning to wonder how many more alarm bells must go off before the world rises to the challenge," Mr Guterres said, noting that 2017 had been filled with climate chaos and 2018 has already brought more of the same.

"Climate change is still moving much faster than we are," he warned, calling the phenomenon the greatest threat facing humankind.

Recent information from the World Meteorological Organization , the World Bank and the International Energy Agency shows the relentless pace of climate change.For instance, the UN chief said, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 per cent, to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonne

Moreover, weather-related disasters caused some $320 billion in economic damage, making 2017 the costliest year ever for such losses.

In social as well as economic terms, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was devastating, washing away decades of development in an instant.

In South Asia, major monsoon floods affected 41 million people.

In Africa, severe drought drove nearly 900,000 people from their homes.

Wildfires caused destruction across the world. Arctic sea ice cover in winter is at its lowest level, and the oceans are warmer and more acidic than at any time in recorded history.

"This tsunami of data should create a storm of concern," Mr. Guterres said, noting that next year he will convene a climate summit in New York aimed at boosting global ambition to meet the level of the climate challenge.

"The Stone Age did not end because the world ran out of stones. It ended because there were better alternatives. The same applies today to fossil fuels," he said, stressing the need for a further cut in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 25 per cent by 2020.

Responding to a question about the United States' decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, Mr. Guterres said he received information from his Special Envoy on climate change and former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg , that there are expectations that the US – independently of the position of its Administration – might be able to meet the commitments made in Paris as a country due to the positive reactions of the American business community and local authorities.

(This is a reproduced UN news as it is. Devdiscourse bears no responsibility towards grammatical or factual errors that may have been presented in the report.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

JNU Administration's 100-meter challenge before JNUSU

For the first time in its history, Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU Administration is seeking permanent deployment of local police to keep protesting students at 100 meters away from the Administrative Block. It would be interesting to see h...

Sentiment Analysis of Twitter users during COP25: Governments losing trust on Climate Action

Sentiment analysis of Twitter users during COP25 in Madrid, being held from December 2-13, shows widespread fear on climate change due to global warming but almost no trust on governments in meeting the emission targets. In the analysis the...

These innovators are making humanitarian response more efficient

These alarming trends prompt a call for the world to not only address the ongoing crisis but also to adopt innovative approaches to fulfill the growing humanitarian needs in such emergencies. ...

Hyderabad Encounter: A sentiment analysis of public mood on day of encounter

Sentiment analysis of twitter users revealed that they showered salutes on Hyderabad police for eliminating alleged gang rapists of the veterinary doctor but only a few believe in cops version of successive events leading to encounter....

Videos

Latest News

In face of U.S. opposition, U.N. renews agency helping Palestinian refugees

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly renewed the mandate for a U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees for another three years amid misconduct allegations and a cash shortfall triggered by a halt in U.S. funding....

UPDATE 2-Ex-premier elected Algerian president; thousands march in protest

A former prime minister was elected Algerias new president in a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but protesters who toppled his predecessor marched again, vowing their movement would not stop. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 74, ...

Sports Ministry cancels Saturday's GB Meeting called by Chess Federation president

The sports ministry on Friday asked the All-India Chess Federation AICF to cancel the Urgent General Body Meeting called by its President PR Venketrama Raja on Saturday. The Centre while directing to cancel Saturdays meeting called by Raja ...

US joint chiefs chairman discusses security situation in Pakistan with General Bajwa

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A Milley spoke over the phone with Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa discussing the current security environment in Pakistan and the region, the Pentagon said on Friday. The se...

Give Feedback