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Climate impacts heading to 'uncharted territories of destruction' -UN chief

Climate impacts heading to 'uncharted territories of destruction' -UN chief

Reuters · 09/13/2022 09:36
Climate impacts heading to 'uncharted territories of destruction' -UN chief

By Gloria Dickie

- Climate change impacts are "heading into uncharted territories of destruction", U.N. secretary-general António Guterres warned on Tuesday on the release of a multi-agency scientific report reviewing the latest research on the problem.

The report, led by the World Meteorological Organization, warns that the world is "going in the wrong direction" on climate change.

With greenhouse gas concentrations continuing to increase in the atmosphere and world leaders failing to adopt strategies to hold warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, the Earth is inching closer toward dangerous climate tipping points, the United in Science report says.

Already, extreme weather events are more frequent and more intense.

"Heatwaves in Europe. Colossal floods in Pakistan...There is about the scale of these disasters," Guterres said in a video message.


(Reporting by Gloria Dickie; Editing by Katy Daigle and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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