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UN Chief Wants the World Carbon Neutral by 2050

UN Chief Wants the World Carbon Neutral by 2050”

Guterres personally reached out to many countries' leaders ahead of time and told them, "D$3 on't come to the Summit with attractive speeches". And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed them over and over for their inaction: "How dare you?"

Not so, said France's President Emmanuel Macron, who disagreed with the American president and said the world's problems can not be solved by turning inwards. The time to act is now.

The European Union announced at least 25% of the next EU budget will be devoted to climate-related activities. The Gates foundation pledged $310 million of that. "Infosys is helping the world transition to a low-carbon future - providing a shining example of a scalable and replicable climate solution".

The addresses came a day after Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg scolded world leaders at a United Nations summit calling for climate action, saying people are suffering and dying from the effects of global warming and that all the leaders have are empty words.

"This is all wrong".

Announcing the award, Niclas Svenningsen, Manager of the UN Climate Change Global Climate Action Programme, said, "This year, we had over 670 incredible applications for the UN Global Climate Action Award". "I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean".

Secretary-General of United Nations Antonio Guterres on Monday urged all countries to aim for a carbon-neutral world by 2050 and thanked the young generation for changing the way the question of climate change is being handled. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones. "We have had enough talk", he added. We will hold you accountable.

Later, she and 15 other youth activists filed a formal complaint with an arm of the United Nations that protects children, saying that governments' lack of action on warming is violating their basic rights. "So nice to see!"

The Club will also promote carbon neutrality by reducing fossil fuels in portfolios and define exit strategies from coal financing.

"The ball they are moving forward is a ball of promises", said economist John Reilly, co-director of MIT's Joint Center for Global Change. One of the world's biggest emitters - the United States - announced under President Trump that it would leave the pact.

Guterres painted a grim picture of a deeply divided and anxious planet facing a climate crisis, "the alarming possibility of armed conflict in the Gulf", spreading terrorism, rising populism and "exploding" inequality. She did say, however, that businesses, as well as small- and medium-sized countries had "exciting initiatives".

U.S. President Donald Trump who already made a decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement left the summit after he listened to Thunberg's speech and later tweeted in a mocking tone "She seems very happy!" And Guterres had told countries they couldn't be on the agenda without making bold new proposals.

"Above all, we are facing the alarming possibility of armed conflict in the Gulf, the consequences of which the world can not afford", he said.

Climate change is real, and its consequences can no longer be ignored, hence the mounting calls for serious efforts to protect Planet Earth.

"The withdrawal of certain parties will not shake the collective goal of the world community", Wang said to applause.

Russian Federation announced it had ratified the Paris agreement, though Macron first broke the news during his speech.

She told the United Nations that even the strictest emission cuts being talked about only gives the world a 50% chance of limiting future warming to another 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.72 degrees Fahrenheit) from now, which is a global goal. Those odds, she said, are not good enough.

Said Guterres: "We are living in a world of disquiet". "Right here, right now is where we draw the line". She accused the assembled world government leaders of ignoring 30 years of obvious science facts.

"We got a lot of new commitments, but we fell short of the clear plans needed to keep warming below even the higher Paris threshold of 2 degrees".

"We are now calling on others to join us", Heine said.

UN General Secretary António Guterres ended the summit on a hopeful note.

Guterres has called for the phasing out of fossil fuels and an end to construction of new coal power plants.

Speaking about the gravity of the situation, he said: "Any temperature rise over 1.5 degrees will cause irreversible damage to the ecosystem that supports us".

"The nations of the world are not fighting a losing battle, but the nations of the world are losing this battle today", Mottley said.

The United Nations, created to promote a multilateral world, has struggled in the face of increasing unilateralism by the USA and other nations that favor going it alone.

"Time is running out", he said.

AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein has covered climate issues for almost 25 years. "But it is not too late".



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