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UN SEC-GEN Calls for Tackling Climate Change Amid Geopolitical Divisions

 

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called on the international community to cooperate towards tackling climate change in spite of existing geopolitical divisions.

Guterres made the appeal on Tuesday in a video message to the Petersburg Dialogue held in Berlin, as the environmental situation and rising global temperatures may surge by 2.8 degrees Celsius (over 5 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, requiring a “quantum leap” in comprehensive climate action.

According to him “We must be upfront about what this requires: It requires cooperation rising above geopolitical divisions.

“Yet temperatures are set to rise 2.8 degrees by the end of the century.

“And we know that a 1.5-degree pathway is possible. Yet we will only achieve it with a quantum leap in climate action globally, he said.

The UN chief also said that “we know what to do when to do it, and why,” adding: “For too long we have looked the other way” instead of looking the climate issues “squarely in the eye.”

“The International Panel on Climate Change tells us that breaching 1.5 degrees, even temporarily, could be disastrous,” Guterres said.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)in April 2023 said that sea ice in Antarctica had dropped to its lowest recorded level of 1.92 million square km (741,316 square miles) as of February 25, 2022, further melting during the rest of last year with record lows for June and July.

The global mean sea level continued to increase last year, with its rate of 2.27 mm a year doubling since the first decade of satellite records (1993-2002) to 4.62 mm a year over the most recent decade, according to the organisation.

Additionally, the global mean temperature in 2022 was 1.15 degrees Celsius higher than the average temperature for the period from 1850-1900, the WMO said.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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