With weather disasters approaching $200 million per day and irreversible climate catastrophes, the world is “in the wrong direction,” the United Nations says in a new report that pulls together the latest science on climate change. I am going”.
The World Meteorological Organization has said in the latest dire warning about global warming that weather-related disasters have increased five-fold over the past 50 years and are killing an average of 115 people per day – and the fallout is on the verge of getting worse.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited this floods in pakistan, heat waves in europeDroughts in places like China, the Horn of Africa, and United States of america – and pointed the finger at fossil fuels.
“There is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters. They are the cost of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels,” he said. “Yet every year we double down on this fossil fuel addiction, even as symptoms rapidly worsen,” he said.
The report, drawn from data compiled by several United Nations agencies and partners, cited a 48% probability that global temperature rise will reach 1.5 °C (2.7 Fahrenheit) over the next five years, compared to pre-industrial times. There is a 93% percent chance that the next five years will see record heat.
It comes amid fresh warnings from scientists last week that four climate “tipping points” will begin if the temperature limits – set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement – are passed.
Many governments are already trying to deal with the threat of more severe weather caused by climate change, and statistics show that deaths from natural disasters have decreased in recent years. Yet the economic costs of climate-induced disasters are projected to grow rapidly.
The UN report said such “harm and damage” could be limited by timely action to prevent further warming and adapt to the rise in temperature that is now inevitable. Questions about compensation for the damage caused to poor nations as a result of emissions produced by rich countries will play a major role in UN climate talks to be held in Egypt this fall.