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World on ‘catastrophic pathway’ ahead of climate meeting in Glasgow

Ahead of the climate conference in Glasgow in November, the world is on a "catastrophic pathway" in terms of global warming, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Ahead of the climate conference in Glasgow in November, the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” in terms of global warming, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

According to a report by the responsible UN climate agency on Friday, a warming of 2.7 degrees Celsius is foreseeable.

“This is breaking the promise made six years ago to pursue the 1.5-degree Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement,” Guterres said on Friday. “Failure to meet this goal will be measured in the massive loss of lives and livelihoods.”

Previously, the UN presented a climate report on the international community’s plans for reducing global emissions.

The UN Climate Secretariat said that “nations should submit a more ambitious” plan if they want to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Experts agree that much more needs to be done worldwide by 2030 if global warming is to remain well below 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015.

The earth has already heated up by around 1.2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

According to the UN, to reach the target, a 45 per cent cut in emissions by 2030 is necessary to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century.

The World Climate Conference in Glasgow in November is considered an important milestone.

“The fight against climate change will only succeed if everyone comes together to promote more ambition, more cooperation and more credibility,” Guterres said.

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