UN warns pace of climate change hasn't been slowed by COVID-19

  • Sep 16, 2021
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The average global temperature for the past five years was among the highest on record, estimated at 1.06C to 1.26C above pre-industrial levels.

There is now a 40 percent chance that the average global temperature in one of the next five years will be at least 1.5C warmer than pre-industrial levels, the report said.

"Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to 1.5C will be impossible, with catastrophic consequences for people and the planet on which we depend," Guterres said.

The United in Science 2021 report presents the latest scientific data and findings related to climate change.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have heard that we must build back better to set humanity on a more sustainable path and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change on society and economies," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. "This report shows that so far in 2021 we are not going in the right direction," he said.