UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the world to “grow up” and address climate change.

Climate Change

As the world faces a now-or-never moment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) beyond pre-industrial levels, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged international leaders to “wake up” and address climate change.
COP26 – An important UN climate forum.
Johnson will host COP26, a major United Nations climate summit, in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
As scientists warn that global warming is dangerously close to spiraling out of control, he uses this week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York to press states on climate action – and the money to pay for it.
“If we continue on our current path, temperatures will rise by 2.7 degrees or more by the end of the century, regardless of what that means for ice floes,” Johnson told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday night. “We will witness unprecedented levels of desertification, drought, crop failure, and human migration. Not because of some unforeseeable natural disaster or tragedy, but because of what we are doing right now.”
Johnson compared humanity to a rambunctious 16-year-old, saying that we are “just old enough to throw ourselves into severe trouble.”

Reducing carbon emissions by 2050

The United Kingdom has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and Johnson has advocated for increasing renewable energy. However, environmentalists have chastised him for failing to halt fresh North Sea oil drilling and a proposed new coal mine in northwest England.

Highlights from a United Nations report on carbon emissions

According to a UN report released on Friday, current pledges to reduce carbon emissions will put the world on track to warm by 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.9 degrees Fahrenheit) since the pre-industrial era, with global emissions 16 percent higher in 2030 than they were in 2010, far short of the 45 percent reduction needed to avoid catastrophic climate change, according to scientists.

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