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UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres, the former president of Socialist International, warns: ‘We are on a fast track to climate disaster’


In response to a new report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said Monday that its findings are proof that the world is on the “fast track” to a climate disaster.

In addition to the warning from Guterres, other U.N. climate scientists said it is “now or never” regarding limiting global warming following the IPCC report, which states that carbon emissions from 2010 to 2019 were the highest in human history.

“This is not fiction or exaggeration,” Guterres said. “It is what science tells us will result from our current energy policies. We are on a pathway to global warming of more than double the 1.5-degree (Celsius, or 2.7-degrees Fahrenheit) limit” that was agreed upon in the 2015 Paris climate accords.

The scientists and U.N. officials called for countries around the world to take action to lower their carbon emissions on the same day the World Health Organization also released a new report that estimated up to 99 percent of the global population lives in an area with unsafe or harmful air quality.

“This report of the [IPCC] is a litany of broken climate promises,” Guterres said. “It is a file of shame cataloging the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unlivable world. We are on a fast track to climate disaster. Major cities underwater, unprecedented heat waves, terrifying storms, widespread water shortages, the extinction of a million species of plants and animals.”

The IPCC report also stated that greenhouse gas emissions can be cut in half by 2030, if the world’s governments act to reduce the emissions “across all sectors” by reducing the burning of fossil fuels, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and investing in research to continue to lower the cost of renewable energy.


UN Sec. Gen Antonio Guterres — the former president of Socialist International explains: ‘This [IPCC] report must sound a death knell for coal & fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet’