The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, said on Tuesday that investing in a new fossil fuel infrastructure is morally and economically insane.
UN urges countries to implement policies for renewable energy
“Climate activists are sometimes portrayed as dangerous radicals. But the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing fossil fuel production,” he stated.
This is how Guterres reacted to the presentation of the new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns of the high risks posed by global warming.
Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals.
But the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels.
Investing in new fossil fuels infrastructure is moral and economic madness.
— Antonio Guterres (@antonioguterres)
April 5, 2022
This report constitutes the third document of the IPCC in the last two years and confirms the rapid progress towards climate disaster, according to the Secretary of the United Nations, who added that at the current rate the limit of 1.5 degrees of increase in temperature will be doubled global average that was established in the Paris Agreement.
“Some governments and business leaders say one thing and do the opposite, they are lying, and the results will be catastrophic,” criticized Guterres, while stressing that among the main consequences are floods, heat waves, storms, droughts or extinction of the species.
In his opinion, that is the catastrophe that science is warning about if current policies are maintained. Therefore, to achieve the goal of keeping global warming this century to 1.5 degrees, it is necessary to reduce global emissions by 45 percent this decade.
The head of the UN reiterated that the current commitments made at the Climate Change Summit in Glasgow are not enough, as they will not achieve that goal, but will mean an increase in emissions of 14 percent.
“First of all, we need to triple the speed of the switch to renewable energy,” he added.
The report published this Tuesday by the IPCC addresses the measures necessary to mitigate or reduce emissions, in the most viable way to curb climate change.