UNEP warns of possible 'climate catastrophe'

Released last Tuesday (26), the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned of a possible "climate catastrophe" if there is no reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6% in the period 2020-2030. Without this reduction, the planet's temperature can increase by 3.2°C.

According to the Paris Agreement, the forecast would already be a 1.5°C increase in temperature by the end of the century, but UNEP representatives said there is no effort to combat this and that even so, current emissions reduction agreements are not enough.

Currently, the UN (United Nations) says the richest countries have failed to cut emissions as quickly as necessary. According to the body, 15 of the 20 richest countries in the world do not even have a plan to reach the zero level of emissions. "We have to speed up to make up for the years we 'leave for later'. If we don't do this, the value of +1.5ºC will be reached before 2030," said UNEP Director Inger Anderson.

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