World leaders could 'jeopardise life itself', warns UN’s Guterres

António Guterres, the UN secretary general, has warned that the world is on course to warm by almost 4°C by the end of the century with “catastrophic” impacts on “all life on the planet”, unless “transformative action” is taken.

Speaking at the opening of the COP25 UN climate talks in Madrid, Guterres said world leaders would “jeopardise life itself” unless they commit to overhaul “the way we do business, how we generate power, how we build cities, how we move and how we feed the world”. 

The UN’s latest ‘emissions gap’ report finds that humanity must cut emissions at a rate of 7.6% a year if it is to keep atmospheric CO2 concentrations below the level at which global temperatures are forecast to rise beyond 1.5°C without resorting to carbon negative technologies.

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