Dubai to Host Critical COP28 Talks on Drastic Climate Action
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called for essential COP28 talks in Dubai to outline drastic climate action. He warned that the world is far from meeting its goals when it comes to addressing global warming. In a new report, the UN has warned that countries’ commitments to reduce greenhouse gases are not enough to prevent warming beyond safe limits.
Guterres emphasized the need for leaders to take immediate action and stated that current trends were leading the planet towards dangerous temperature increases. He criticized the failure of leadership and betrayal of vulnerable communities, calling for increased ambition in national plans to align with 1.5 degrees and end the use of fossil fuels.
According to a recent study by the United Nations, based on current policies, the planet is on track for disastrous warming of 2.5 to 2.9 degrees by 2100. Despite efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, record levels of greenhouse gases continue to be released into the atmosphere, with emissions rising by 1.2% from 2021 to 2022 largely driven by fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes.
COP28 will be critical in defining necessary steps to combat climate change and will set a new path towards achieving our shared goals of mitigating climate change and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.