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UN Secretary-General Guterres: Climate change near point of no return

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 2, 2019
The world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Sunday ahead of the international climate conference (COP25) expected to start Monday in Madrid, Spain.
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“The point of no return is no longer over the horizon,” Guterres told reporters. “It's in sight and hurtling toward us.”

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The U.N. chief recalled the devastating effects of man-made emissions of greenhouse gases including record temperatures and melting polar ice are already affecting the planet and having dramatic consequences on humans and other species.

He denounced the lack of political will to address the issue, noting it is the main hindrance to effective actions, as the world has all the scientific knowledge and technical means to react and limit global warming.

“What is still lacking is political will,” he said, adding “political will to put a price on carbon. Political will to stop subsidies on fossil fuels. Political will to stop building coal power plants from 2020 onwards. Political will to shift taxation from income to carbon. Taxing pollution instead of people.”

Guterres reminded that around 70 countries, many of them among the most vulnerable to climate change, have pledged to stop emitting more greenhouse gases by 2050.

“But we also see clearly that the world’s largest emitters are not pulling their weight. And without them, our goal is unreachable,” he said.