MADRID: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.”
Speaking before the start Monday of a two-week international climate conference in Madrid, the U.N. chief said the impact of rising temperatures — including more extreme weather — is already being felt around the world.
Guterres insisted that the 1.5C goal is doable. All that is missing, he said, is political will.
The UN chief’s comments were clearly aimed at the handful of countries responsible for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions, though he did not call them out by name.
US President Donald Trump has set in motion the process that will see the United States withdraw from the Paris deal by year’s end.
Guterres did single out the European Union as playing a constructive role. “Europe has an absolutely essential role to play, and must be a cornerstone in the global negotiations leading to carbon neutrality,” he said.
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