Talking earlier than the beginning Monday of a two-week worldwide local weather convention in Madrid, the UN chief stated the impression of rising temperatures — together with extra excessive climate — is already being felt world wide, with dramatic penalties for people and different species.
He famous that the world has the scientific data and the technical means to restrict international warming, however “what’s missing is political will.”
“The purpose of no return is now not over the horizon,” Guterres informed reporters within the Spanish capital.
“It’s in sight and hurtling towards us.”
Delegates from nearly 200 international locations will attempt to put the ending touches on the principles governing the 2015 Paris local weather accord on the December 2-13 assembly, together with create functioning worldwide emissions buying and selling techniques and compensate poor international locations for losses they endure from rising sea ranges and different penalties of local weather change.
Guterres cited mounting scientific proof for the impression that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are already having on the planet, together with report temperatures and melting polar ice.
However he insisted that his message was “one in all hope, not of despair. Our warfare towards nature should cease and we all know that that’s attainable.”
International locations agreed in Paris 4 years in the past to restrict international warming to properly under 2 levels Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), ideally 1.5C (2.7F) by the tip of the century in contrast with pre-industrial occasions.
Already, common temperatures have elevated by about 1C, leaving little room for the extra bold goal to be met.
Guterres stated rising calls for from residents, notably younger individuals, have proven there’s widespread want for local weather motion.
“What remains to be missing is political will,” he stated.
“Political will to place a worth on carbon. Political will to cease subsidies on fossil fuels. Political will to cease constructing coal energy crops from 2020 onwards. Political will to shift taxation from revenue to carbon. Taxing air pollution as an alternative of individuals.”
Guterres famous that some 70 international locations — lots of them among the many most susceptible to local weather change — have pledged to cease emitting extra greenhouse gases by 2050.
“However we additionally see clearly that the world’s largest emitters are usually not pulling their weight. And with out them, our purpose is unreachable,” he stated.
The UN chief stated he hoped the assembly in Madrid would see governments make extra bold pledges forward of a deadline to take action subsequent yr.
Guterres additionally introduced that outgoing Financial institution of England governor Mark Carney will turn into his new particular envoy on “local weather motion and local weather finance” from subsequent yr.