Climate impacts heading to ‘uncharted territories of destruction’, says Guterres

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Climate change impacts are “heading into uncharted territories of destruction”, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday on the release of a multi-agency scientific report reviewing the latest research on the problem.

The report, led by the World Meteorological Organisation, warns that the world is “going in the wrong direction” on climate change.

With greenhouse gas concentrations continuing to increase in the atmosphere and world leaders failing to adopt strategies to hold warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, the Earth is inching closer toward dangerous climate tipping points, the United in Science report says.

“Heatwaves in Europe. Colossal floods in Pakistan…There is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters,” Guterres said in a video message.—Agencies

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