While many bad weather has occurred all over the world in recent days, a UN official warned on July 26 against the devastating effects of global warming.
“The past six weeks alone have brought us a series of devastating events, heat, floods, fires, drought and more […] For years, we had warned that it was possible, that all of this was going to happen ”, underlined the UN climate manager, Patricia Espinosa.
Less than 100 days before COP26 deemed decisive for the future of the planet, “I say this to decision-makers: science does not allow us to see the world as we would like it to be, it shows the world as it is. It’s not politics, it’s reality ”, she added.
And “The reality is that we are not on track to meet the Paris agreement target of limiting global warming to + 1.5 ° C by the end of the century. In fact we are on the opposite path, we are heading towards more than + 3 ° C. We must urgently change direction before it is too late ”, Patricia Espinosa insisted again.
A report “crucial” for the success of Cop 26 expected on August 9
“The IPCC told us what the ambition should look like: that every country in the world commits to carbon neutrality and details the plan to achieve it”, added Joyce Msuya, deputy executive director of UN Environment.
At the end of two weeks of negotiations, the 195 member states of the IPCC are due to publish on August 9 a long-awaited assessment, the first so vast since 2014, notably updating the forecasts of temperature increases and rising levels of oceans.
The eagerly awaited report of the UN climate experts is “Crucial for success” of the COP26 climate conference in November, insisted on Monday the head of the World Weather Organization, at the opening of negotiations for the adoption of this reference text.
“The report that you are going to finalize is going to be very important all over the world”, Petteri Taalas declared by Zoom to the 700 delegates of the IPCC who will adopt this evaluation line by line during virtual negotiations.