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World is 'way off track' in dealing with global warming

  • Greenhouse gas concentrations are at the highest levels in 3 million years.
  • The report confirmed that 2019 was the second-warmest year on record.
  • “We are currently way off track to meeting either the 1.5°C or 2°C targets that the Paris Agreement calls for.”

The planet is “way off track” in dealing with climate change, a new United Nations report says, and experts declared that climate change is a far greater threat than the coronavirus. 

“It is important that all the attention that needs to be given to fight this disease does not distract us from the need to defeat climate change,” U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday, according to Agence France Presse

Although emissions have been reduced due to the virus, Guterres noted that “we will not fight climate change with a virus. Whilst the disease is expected to be temporary, climate change has been a phenomenon for many years, and and will remain with us for decades and require constant action.

“We count the cost in human lives and livelihoods as droughts, wildfires, floods and extreme storms take their deadly toll,” Guterres said.  

The report confirmed that 2019 was the second-warmest year on record and the past decade the hottest in human history.

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