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End Coal Addiction to Avert Climate Devastation - UN Chief Mr Antonio Guterres

Coal News - Published on Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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UN Secretary-General Mr Antonio Guterres, singling out Asian nations over their on going use of the fossil fuel, said that too much of the world is still addicted to coal power even as climate change threatens the viability of human societies. He told "Let us make no mistake, we are facing an urgent crisis. Climate change is moving faster than we are, exceeding worst-case projections. Countries should cut their planet-warming emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030 and become climate-neutral by 2050 to stabilise warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7F) above pre-industrial times, the lower limit set by almost 200 countries in the 2015 Paris Agreement. But government action was lagging behind. Current national climate action plans get us nowhere close to these goals. We are on pace for a catastrophic 3-degree or more rise. This would be devastating for humanity.”

He said "We still have large parts of the world with a coal addiction. An absolutely unacceptable number of new coal power plants were planned, mainly across Asia.”

He added "We have the knowledge, the technology and the resources to address the climate emergency. What is still missing at many levels is political will.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 15 Oct 2019
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