United Nation Study Warns About Climate Change Acceleration

UN Warning On Climate Change

As part of development, humankind has achieved numerous feats across every possible field. However, with development at its front, the most intelligent species on the Earth had little concern and even lesser resort to fight off the global crisis and protect its home from destruction. 

Human’s misuse and a lesser understanding of Earth’s natural resources eventually led to nature revolting back with concerning situations like Climate Change, Global Warming, Air Pollution, Marine Pollution, increasing land, and ocean heat, ice melting and thus, sea level rising; which in turn had an adverse effect on human health, socio-economic development, food security, to even migration and displacement. 

Going by the infamous ‘Paris Agreement’ made within the United Nations Framework Convention made in 2016 reiterated a general concern. The agreement focused on the persistent abuses endured by nature and a cumulative effort by all humans to restore the adversity. 

In the report by UN Chief António Guterres he warns, that the world is steadily walking towards a warmer future, going off track from the ‘Paris Agreement’ meeting neither the 1.5°C or 2°C targets’, which refers to a global average temperature of  2°C above the pre-industrial levels.

On the contrary, heat records have been broken rapidly in recent years and decades. Records confirm that 2019 was the warmest year, and ironically indeed, 2010 to 2019 was the warmest decade to date. In the last century alone, almost every successive decade turned out to be warmer than the preceding decade. In the meantime, 2016 was the warmest year of all time, but the probability of topping it cannot be entirely neglected. 

WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas emphasized in her statement that given the continuous increase in the greenhouse gas levels, the warming will also rise simultaneously, and the recent decadal forecast only eyes toward global temperature record being broken within the next 5 years. 

Mr. Taalas also puts great emphasis on the efforts that have so far tried restoring the global crisis in hand. Last year recorded a striking emission drop in developed countries, however, the global emission rate still grew, due to the rest of the world not being on the same page. So the solution to this problem remains, all countries joining hands to fight off this global crisis. 

It leads to a general question, that if all countries are doing enough to contain Climate Change in accordance with the Pais Climate Conference 2015, thus the world is currently walking toward a four to five degrees of temperature increase, which is predicted to happen by the end of this century.

Sukanya Chakraborty

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