UN chief Antonio Guterres called on governments Saturday to declare a "state of climate emergency" and make good on their promises to slash carbon pollution as they recover from the pandemic. Speaking at the opening of the Climate Ambition summit, held online to mark five years since the Paris climate deal , Guterres warned that nations’ current commitments were "far from enough" to limit temperature rises to 1.5C degrees Celsius. "If we don’t change course, we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3.0 degrees this century," he said. "That is why today, I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached," he added. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, China’s President Xi Jinping and France’s Emmanuel Macron are among leaders taking part in the virtual summit. More than 75 heads of state are expected to announce renewed emissions cutting targets or signal great intent to help the most vulnerable nations deal with increasingly frequent climate disasters. The Paris deal enjoined nations to limit warming to "well below" 2C (3.6 Farenheit) through sweeping cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. But progress has stalled even in […]


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