disasters are the price of dependence on fossil fuels

disasters are the price of dependence on fossil fuels
disasters are the price of dependence on fossil fuels
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The Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres is intervened at the presentation of the report United in Science, made by the World Meteorological Organization, with a video message in which it underlined very clearly the seriousness of the situation regarding the climate and the urgency to act immediately in a concrete way to avoid disasters even worse than those we have already seen.

Climate, alarm of scientists: “we are going in the wrong direction”. We need to do much more to avoid catastrophic effects

Climate, Guterres’ speech:

Our climate is warming quicklyGuterres said opening his speech.
Floods, droughts, heat waves, extreme storms and fires are going from bad to worse, breaking records with an ever-increasing frequency. alarming. Heatwaves in Europe. Colossal floods in Pakistan. Prolonged and severe droughts in China, the Horn of Africa and the United States.

There is not nothing natural in the new scale of these disasters. I’m the price of humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels. The number of weather, climate and water-related disasters has increased fivefold in the past 50 years. Losses amount to more than 200 million dollars a day.
This year’s United in Science report shows that climate impacts are direct towards uncharted territories of destruction.

Yet every year we double this dependence on fossil fuels. Even if the symptoms get worse quickly, even if we know the cure.
Our leaders pledged in the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C and build climate resilience. This year’s United in Science report shows that we are still off track. Climate action has stalled on key fronts, and the poorest people and countries are the hardest hit. But no country is immune. The relationship is a shameful reminder that building resilience is the neglected half of the climate equation.

Is one scandal that developed countries have not taken adaptation seriously and have shrugged off their commitments to help the developing world. The Glasgow final document urges developed countries to collectively provide $ 40 billion annually in new adaptation funding. This must be delivered in full, as a starting point.

But clearly that’s not enough. The need for adaptation funding is set to grow up to at least $ 300 billion a year by 2030. I have just returned from Pakistan, where I have seen firsthand the enormous scale of the need there. At a minimum, 50% of all climate finance must go to adaptation.

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This is a moral imperativebut it is also one a matter of common sense. Investment in adaptation pays huge human dividends, both for donors and for vulnerable countries, people and communities.

Yet most multilateral development banks are not doing enough. The G20 countries are their shareholders. The dollar stops with them to force the necessary changes. It is also clear that i warning systems early save lives. That is why I have announced that the United Nations will work to make them available to every person on Earth within five years. The World Meteorological Organization will take over. Many developing countries still lack these essential services.

The article is in Italian

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