A new United Nations report warns that the global warming risk limit of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit can be breached in just five years, so the pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and that the world is still lagging in its fight to cut carbon emissions.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that the epidemic caused a temporary decline in carbon dioxide emissions last year and was not enough to reverse the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
As the global organization said in its United in Science 2021 report, the reduction targets have not been met, and there is a growing possibility that the world will miss the Paris Agreement’s special target of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.
“We have reached a tipping point regarding the need for climate action,” said Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
Guterres added, “The disruption to our climate and our planet is already worse than we thought, and it is moving faster than expected, and this report shows how far we are from the right track.”
The United Nations said that concentrations of the main greenhouse gases in the atmosphere – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen oxide – continued to increase in 2020 and the first half of 2021.
The average global temperature over the past five years has been among the highest on record, estimated at 1.9°F (1.06°C) to 2.26°F (1.26°C) above pre-industrial levels.
“Unless there are immediate, rapid and widespread reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C will be impossible, with devastating consequences for people and the planet on which we depend,” Guterres warned.