(ORDO NEWS) — Earth’s temperature in 2020 hit a record high in 3 million years, and countries’ current commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to stave off a climate catastrophe.
This was stated on Thursday by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking in video format at the international conference “Petersberg Climate Dialogue”.
“Last year was another unprecedented period of extreme weather and climate disasters,” he said.
According to the Secretary General, “this is the highest level in 3 million years, when the Earth’s temperature was 3 degrees higher and the sea level was about 15 m higher.”
“In line with our current commitments, we are still heading for a catastrophic 2.4-degree rise in temperature by the end of the century. We are on the brink of a precipice,” he warned.
“But if we work together, we can prevent the worst effects of climate destabilization and use the recovery from the pandemic to take a cleaner, greener path of development,” Guterres said.
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