With 2020 widely recognised as a critical year for addressing climate change, understanding that everything happens somewhere has never been more important.
Writing in the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres warns that the world is currently ‘way off track’ meeting either the 1.5°C or 2°C targets set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.
More severe and frequent floods, droughts and tropical storms, dangerous heatwaves and rising sea levels are already severely threatening lives and livelihoods across the planet. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050. And for that, we need political will and urgent action to set a different path.”