UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres claimed that the humankind is now "at the edge of the abyss" because of the record growth of temperature of the Earth. He said so during the 2021 Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
"Last year was yet another unprecedented period of extreme weather and climate disasters. (...) Last year was already 1.2 degrees Celsius hotter than pre-industrial times – dangerously close to the 1.5-degree limit set by the scientific community. Under current commitments, including the recent ones, we are still heading for a disastrous temperature rise of 2.4 degrees by the end of the century. We stand indeed at the edge of the abyss. But if we work together, we can avert the worst impacts of climate disruption, and use the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to steer us on a cleaner, greener path", he said as quoted by the UN press service.
Apart from that, Guterres reiterated that the concentration of carbon dioxide concentrations once again reached the new high - "148 percent higher above pre-industrial levels". "This is the highest level for 3 million years. Three million years ago, the Earth’s temperature was as much as 3 degrees hotter and sea levels some 15 metres higher", he said.
Earlier, the EU reached the preliminary agreement on cutting the greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent until 2030.