UN cautions that the COVID pandemic will not stop climate change.

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Despite a slight drop in carbon emissions owing to the pandemic in 2020, a study shows that climate change is speeding up. According to the United Nations, the global COVID-19 pandemic has had little effect on the rate of climate change, and the world continues to lag behind in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Climate change and its effects are worsening, according to a report released on Thursday by a number of UN agencies and their scientific partners only weeks before the crucial COP26 climate meeting.

According to the Science 2021 Report, which presents the most recent scientific data and findings related to climate change, the virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary decrease in CO2 emissions last year, which was insufficient to reverse the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The UN stated that reduction objectives are not being met, and there is a growing likelihood that the world will fail to meet its Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
For the previous five years, the average global temperature has been among the highest on record, ranging from 1.06 to 1.26 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
According to the paper, there is currently a 40% chance that the average global temperature will be at least 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial levels in one of the next five years.
Overall emissions reductions in 2020 likely slowed the annual growth in long-lived greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, but the effect was “too modest to be distinguished from natural variability,” according to the report.
In June, the all-time Canadian heat record was broken in Lytton, British Columbia, when a temperature of 49.6°C was recorded.
Despite the fact that the 2021 heatwave in the Pacific Northwest was a rare or extremely rare occurrence, the report determined that it would be “virtually unattainable” without human-caused climate change.


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