UN secretary: “People are as dangerous as the meteorite that destroyed the dinosaurs”

“Humans pose the same threat to the planet as the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs,” the world warned today. Environment Day (5/6), UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres calling for a ban on oil, gas and coal advertising, pointing to another negative record as the past 12 months hit record highs.

“When it comes to climate, we are not dinosaurs. We are meteors. Not only are we in danger, but we are in danger,” Antonio Guterres said in his speech on World Environment Day in New York.

According to Europe’s Copernicus Observatory, May 2024 was the world’s hottest month on land and at sea, breaking the record for the 12th month in a row, ahead of consensus warnings from scientists.

Meanwhile, according to the World Meteorological Organization, there is an 80% chance that annual average global temperatures will “temporarily” exceed pre-industrial levels by 1.5 degrees by 2028. According to a study released today by an internationally renowned group of climatologists, temperatures have risen by 1.2 degrees over the past decade compared to pre-industrial times.

Disturbing facts

Thus, humanity is “flirting” with the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit almost unanimously adopted in the 2015 Paris agreement, but there is a small difference: the temperature must exceed the pre-industrial level by +1.5 °C for decades . consider this “new climate” stabilized.

The signs are not good: 2023, the hottest year on record, ended with an “anomaly,” a 1.48°C increase in temperature compared to the 1850-1900 period, according to Copernicus, partly due to climate change and climate change. On the other hand, due to the El Nino natural phenomenon.

An increase of 1.5 degrees has already surpassed previous months: the average temperature between June 2023 and 2024 increased by +1.63°C compared to 1850-1900. According to climate scientists studying the increasing frequency and intensity of deadly heat waves, droughts and devastating floods around the world, this is unprecedented, something that hasn’t happened in millennia.

Guterres reminded that global (gas) emissions must be reduced by 9% annually until 2030 in order not to exceed the limit of 1.5°C.

Although humanity agreed to phase out fossil fuels at the COP28 event in Dubai last December, it won’t happen anytime soon.

“Road to Hell”

The main target of Guterres’ criticism was, as always, the fossil fuel sector, the “keepers of climate chaos” who “collect record revenues and billions in subsidies”.

In a speech at the Natural History Museum in New York, the UN Secretary-General added: “I call on all countries to ban the advertising of fossil fuel companies, as they do with other harmful health products such as tobacco.” “This is a critical moment for the climate,” he said, calling for “the lane that will take us from the highway to hell.”

Guterres reiterated his call for a tax on the profits of the fossil fuel industry so that the proceeds could be used to finance the fight against global warming. He also talked about “solidarity taxes” in the air and sea transport sector, without specifying what he meant.

“Even if emissions were reduced to zero tomorrow, a recent study found that climate chaos would cost at least $38 trillion a year by 2050,” he said. This amount is less than 2.4 trillion. According to UN expert estimates, developing countries (except China) need dollars by 2030 to phase out fossil fuels and adapt to global warming.

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