Climate impacts are heading into “uncharted territories of destruction”, the UN’s secretary general António Guterres has warned as a new report sets out the scale of the impacts resulting from rising emissions, MailOnline reports. It says the United In Science report, which is coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), “compiles the most recent science related to climate change, impacts and responses” and this year reveals that the world is “experiencing increasingly high global temperatures and destructive climate-driven floods, droughts and heatwaves”. The South China Morning Post
says that, according to the report, there is a 93% chance that the global average temperature will break a record high set in 2016 in at least one of the next five years. Reuters
notes that despite a dip in emissions during coronavirus lockdowns, preliminary data reveal that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the first half of this year were 1.2% higher than during the same period in 2019 as fossil fuels are still being burned in large volumes. Press Association
adds that pledges by countries to curb emissions made last year will not keep global warming to the 1.5C aspirational limit set out by the Paris Agreement. It says that the ambition of those pledges needs to be seven times higher to limit warming to 1.5C and four times higher to meet the less stringent target of 2C. According to the Guardian
, which points to flooding in Pakistan, heatwaves in Europe and near-famine conditions in parts of Africa, humanity is in danger of provoking “tipping points” in the climate system that will mean more rapid and in some cases irreversible shifts. It quotes Guterres who says: “There is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters. They are the price of humanity’s fossil fuel addiction”.
reports that international agencies the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have “sounded the alarm over the acute food crisis expected to hit Pakistan in the wake of catastrophic floods”. It notes that around 65% of the country’s food basket — crops such as rice and wheat — have been destroyed and that at least 43% of the population were “said to be food insecure even before the floods hit”. An opinion piece by Hamid Mir in the Washington Post
is headlined “Pakistan didn’t contribute to climate change – but it’s paying the price”. A piece in New Scientist
looks at how floods in the Indian tech hub of Bangalore “highlight how cities must adapt to climate change”.