Reuters – The world can not await the COVID-19 pandemic to finish earlier than coping with local weather change, U.S. envoy John Kerry mentioned on Tuesday, underlining how “pivotal” this 12 months’s United Nations’ local weather convention was to press forward with motion.
Addressing an viewers at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kerry mentioned nations should step up on the summit, COP26, to not solely meet the pledges made six years in the past within the Paris settlement, however to transcend them.
COP26, to held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, is seen as a important alternative for international locations to make extra bold commitments to attain web zero emissions by 2050 and preserve the worldwide common temperature rise to 1.5 levels Celsius this century, which was set beneath the Paris Settlement in 2015.
“I’m very sorry to say, the struggling of COVID will probably be magnified many occasions over in a world that doesn’t grapple with, and in the end halt, the local weather disaster,” he advised an occasion hosted in partnership with suppose tank Chatham Home.
“We don’t have the posh of ready till COVID is vanquished to take up the local weather problem.”
Since U.S. President Joe Biden introduced his nation’s return to the Paris Settlement earlier this 12 months, Kerry has been energetic in attempting to revive U.S. management in combating international warming, and he known as on international locations to make COP26 a pivotal summit.
After being postponed final 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, the summit would be the first time nations will overview their local weather targets and attempt to strengthen them.
However present international locations’ plans put the world on monitor for a 2.4 levels C common temperature rise by the top of the century, based on evaluation by Local weather Motion Tracker.
“(The world) should make COP26 in Glasgow, this 12 months, a pivotal second for the world to come back collectively to satisfy and grasp the local weather problem,” Kerry mentioned.
“After our absence for 4 years, my associates, we strategy this problem with humility. However let me be clear, we strategy it with ambition.”
(Reporting by William James, Kate Holton, Elizabeth Piper; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot)