U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned Thursday that climate change was moving faster than international efforts to mitigate it. "It is important that we tackle climate change with much greater ambition," Guterres told reporters at the launch of a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) annual report on the subject.
The report warns that key climate change indicators are becoming more pronounced.
Levels of carbon dioxide — a main driver of global warming — are the highest they have been in 3 million years, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As a result, oceans are heating up and their waters are becoming more acidic, affecting all kinds of marine life.
Temperatures on land are also rising — 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, and the years 2015 to 2018 were the four warmest in global temperature record-keeping, the WMO report said.
The secretary-general said it was necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade in order to be carbon neutral globally by 2050.
Source : VOA