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Blinken calls this decade ‘critical’ for averting climate catastrophe

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the world was already "seeing the detrimental impacts" of climate change on everyday life as he called for a determined response to the bleak findings of a major UN climate report released on Monday.

Washington, 10 August 2021 (dpa/MIA) — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the world was already “seeing the detrimental impacts” of climate change on everyday life as he called for a determined response to the bleak findings of a major UN climate report released on Monday.

“The report finds we are already edging closer to a 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer world, and every day emissions rise the prospects for averting the worst impacts of climate change become dimmer,” he said in a statement.

“This is why it is essential that all countries — in particular the major economies — do their part during this critical decade of the 2020s to put the world on a trajectory to keep a 1.5 degrees Celsius limit on warming within reach.”

“We cannot delay ambitious climate action any longer,” the statement concluded.

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