Humans waging 'suicidal war' on nature - UN chief Antonio Guterres
By Justin Rowlatt
Mr Guterres wants to put tackling climate change at the heart of the UN's global mission.
Mr Guterres said that every country, city, financial institution and company "should adopt plans for a transition to net zero emissions by 2050". In his view, they will also need to take decisive action now to put themselves on the path towards achieving this vision.
The objective, said the UN secretary general, will be to cut global emissions by 45% by 2030 compared with 2010 levels.
Here's what Mr Guterres demanded the nations of the world do:
- Put a price on carbon
- Phase out fossil fuel finance and end fossil fuel subsidies
- Shift the tax burden from income to carbon, and from tax payers to polluters
- Integrate the goal of carbon neutrality (a similar concept to net zero) into all economic and fiscal policies and decisions
- Help those around the world who are already facing the dire impacts of climate change
Apocalyptic fires and floods
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Climate policies have yet to rise to the challenge, the UN chief said, adding that "without concerted action, we may be headed for a catastrophic three to five-degree temperature rise this century".
Moment of truth
He acknowledged that the European Union, the US, China, Japan, South Korea and more than 110 other countries have committed to become carbon neutral by the middle of this century.
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