the world is going in the wrong direction

the world is going in the wrong direction

GENEVA (AP) – With meteorological disasters costing $ 200 million a day and an impending irreversible climate catastrophe, the world “is heading in the wrong direction”, the United Nations says in a new report that collects the latest scientific findings on climate change .

The World Meteorological Organization, in its latest strong global warming warning, said climate-related disasters have increased fivefold in the past 50 years and are killing an average of 115 people a day – and the fallout is set to get worse.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited floods in Pakistan, heatwaves in Europe, droughts in places like China, the Horn of Africa and the United States, and pointed the finger at fossil fuels.

“There is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters. They are the price of humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels, ”she said. “This year’s United in Science report shows climate impacts directed towards uncharted territories of destruction.”

“Yet every year we double this dependence on fossil fuels, even as symptoms worsen rapidly,” he added.

The report, drawn from data compiled by several UN agencies and partners, cites a 48% chance that the global temperature rise from pre-industrial times will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) over the next five years. There is a 93% chance that one year in the next five will see record heat.

It comes among new warnings from scientists last week that four climate “tipping points” are likely to occur if that temperature threshold – set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement – is crossed.

Many governments are already trying to address the threat of colder weather due to climate change, and data shows that deaths from natural disasters have declined in recent years. However, the economic cost of climate-induced disasters is expected to increase significantly.

The UN report says such “loss and damage” can be limited by timely action to prevent further warming and adapt to the now inevitable temperature rises. Questions about compensation for the damage poor nations suffer from emissions from rich countries will play a major role in the upcoming UN climate talks in Egypt this fall.

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