In a new report, the United Nations has warned that countries’ commitments to reduce greenhouse gases are not enough to prevent warming well beyond safe limits. This could potentially reach a catastrophic 2.9 degrees Celsius this century. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, emphasized the need for leaders to take action during a recent press conference. He stated that current trends are leading the planet towards a dangerous increase of three degrees in temperature. Guterres criticized the failure of leadership and the betrayal of the vulnerable, calling for an increased ambition in national plans to align with 1.5 degrees and end the use of fossil fuels.
The upcoming COP28 climate talks in Dubai will be crucial in addressing these issues and defining the necessary steps to combat climate change. Despite efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the world continues to release record levels of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, with emissions rising by 1.2% from 2021 to 2022, largely driven by fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes. The UN is calling on leaders from around the world to come together and take decisive action on climate change before it’s too late.