The UN explains why we should all be absolutely terrified of climate change

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In view of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change (aka COP26), the world body is trying to raise an even more urgent alarm on the Existential crisis climate change and its effects on the planet.

Indeed, the report-based UN message it is spreading before the summit is all the more bleak. In essence, the message is that global action is woefully lacking when it comes to addressing this problem.

For one thing, UN research warns that global temperatures will rise by 4.9 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century. If nothing changes, of course, on the current trajectory of the planet.

“Exceeding temperature targets will lead to a destabilized world and endless suffering, especially among those who have contributed the least to (greenhouse gas) emissions into the atmosphere,” Patricia Espinosa, UN executive secretary on climate change, warned in a press release.

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Espinosa continues: the updated report confirms that the planet “is not close to where science says we should be”.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the new United Nations report continues, has also estimated the following. Slowing the rate of global average temperature rise could require up to 45% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. What if emissions don’t fall sufficiently in that time frame? “They will have to be substantially reduced later to compensate for the slow start of the path towards zero net emissions, but probably at a higher cost.”

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, meanwhile, describes the new UN research ahead of COP26 as “another thundering wake-up call”. British COP26 president Alok Sharma he also told reporters that the talks in Glasgow could represent the planet’s last chance to get climate change right. Before it’s too late, in other words.

“We’re so far off the rails, it’s really disheartening,” Drew Shindell, professor at Duke University and co-author of the UN Emissions Gap Report, said The Washington Post.

Stellar power

No wonder various global celebrities are helping the United Nations spread their message on climate change. Indeed, one of the largest musical groups in the world agrees with this effort. K-pop girl group Blackpink participated in Google’s “Dear Earth” campaign, for example, just a few days ago. In a video message, the group urged people to do more to support climate change efforts. In addition, the members invited people to watch the upcoming COP26 Summit.

All of this comes on the heels of a related piece of Blackpink news. Members of the group were announced in September as supporters of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to combat climate change.

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