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“Emissions from fossil fuels now exceed pre-pandemic rates”
Planet earth demands more ambitious measures to counter global warming. This is revealed in a report produced jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other specialized institutions. As it stands, the nations of the world will not respect the injunctions of the Paris Agreements.
“Heatwaves in Europe. Colossal floods in Pakistan. Severe and prolonged droughts in China, the Horn of Africa and the United States. There is nothing natural in the new scale of these disasters. They are the consequences of humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels,” insists António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN). “We are going in the wrong direction”, warns the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), September 13, 2022. United in science, a report carried out jointly by this specialized agency of the United Nations and other research programs for the climate, warns the citizens of planet earth. “Unless we take much more ambitious action, the physical and socio-economic effects of climate change will be increasingly devastating,” says the WMO.
The only positive consequence of the health crisis, the car remaining in the garage had allowed the globe to breathe. Ended. The end of confinement signals a further increase in greenhouse gas concentrations. And the WMO notes that “emissions from fossil fuels now exceed pre-pandemic rates”. Participating in the report, the Global Carbon Project (GCP) reports that from January to May 2022 global CO2 emissions2 of fossil origin increased by 1.2% compared to the same period in 2019. At this rate, all the experts agree that it is impossible to respect the Paris Agreement. Whose objective is to contain global warming below the bar of 2 degrees, 1.5 degrees in the best case.
Europe on the front line in the face of global warming
The report’s forecasts for the next five years are distressing. Mean annual temperatures are expected to exceed pre-industrial mean values by 1.1 to 1.7 degrees. And “the probability that the annual average global temperature near the surface will temporarily exceed pre-industrial levels by 1.5°C for at least one of the next five years is 48%”. The report states that this probability can only increase over time in the absence of new measures. A finding supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), co-author of the study, for which the current commitments made by the signatories of the Paris Agreement remain “insufficient”. The institution assures that these should be “four times more ambitious to put us back on the path of limiting global warming to 2°C and seven times more for limiting it to 1.5°C”.
” The report United in Science of this year shows that climate change is on the verge of gaining an unprecedented destructive impact. Yet even as the symptoms rapidly worsen, we sink deeper into our addiction to fossil fuels every year,” laments António Guterres. And it’s up to the largest cities, responsible for “nearly 70% of man-made emissions” to tackle the problem head-on. Because it is also in these territories that the effects of global warming are felt. Europe in the front line. The inhabitants of the Old Continent were the victims – and the indirect actors – of a devastating summer of 2022 between fires, heat waves and droughts. From North to South, European nations have broken temperature records. And 2023 is part of this same trend. Humanity is heading in the “wrong direction”, and at this rate, it’s straight into the wall. It’s up to her to take it, rapidlyawareness.