Observed CO2 levels since early 2022 are higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to a UN report compiling a range of climate data. The body warned in Geneva on Tuesday that the situation was continuing to “go in the wrong direction”.
Greenhouse gas concentrations continue to expand and reach unprecedented dimensions, as many U.N. Emphasize agencies and other institutions.It summarizes the main symptoms.
Worse, even though the Covid-19 pandemic is not completely over, emissions from non-renewable fuels are already 1.2% higher than pre-pandemic rates, according to preliminary data.
Growing economic consequences
In May, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said no fewer than four indicators of climate change had reached record levels by 2021. Concentrations of greenhouse gases, sea levels, warming of the oceans and their acidification are all in question.
The WMO warns that the probability that average temperatures will be 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next 5 years has now reached 48%. Responsible for more than 70% of emissions, cities and their billions of inhabitants will face increasingly significant economic consequences.
The “horrific” cost of relying on non-renewable energy
“Dark records follow one another at an alarming rate,” lamented UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who noted the heatwave in Europe and flooding in Pakistan, the country he is returning to. He said he had seen unprecedented “climate carnage” and observed the “horrific” cost of relying on non-renewable energy.
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The UN had already condemned in Geneva on Monday the latest investments by EU members in response to the consequences of the war in Ukraine. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas also believes that this year shows the link between climate change and more and more extreme weather conditions.
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