by Seth Borenstein and Frank Jordans
December 05, 2020
Image retrieved from NOAA
UN's irrational war on carbon is a war against humanity
depopulation is the ultimate goal, then it
makes perfect sense because the human body is 12%
carbon cycle in food production and human nutrition
requires CO2, and
The head of the
is calling on
countries to end what he calls
a 'war on nature'
and instead embrace
a future without
UN calls on
humanity to end 'war on nature' - Go carbon-free...
As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to
an end, the head of
the United Nations challenged world
leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its "war on nature"
and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution.
With new reports highlighting 2020's record-breaking weather and
growing fossil fuels extraction that triggers global warming,
the United Nations
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered yet another
urgent appeal to curb climate change.
It was tinged with
optimism but delivered 'dire warnings', as the UN
gears up for a December 12 virtual climate summit in France
on the 5th anniversary of the landmark 2015 Paris climate
"The state of
the planet is broken," Guterres
said in a speech at Columbia University.
waging 'war' on nature. This is 'suicidal'..."
fires and floods, cyclones and hurricanes are increasingly the
new normal," he said.
a report, the World Meteorological Organization said this
year is set to end about 1.2º Celsius (2.2º Fahrenheit) warmer than
the last half of the 1800s, which 'scientists' use as a baseline for
warming caused by heat-trapping gases from the burning of coal, oil
and natural gas.
Most trapped heat
goes into the world's seas, and ocean temperatures now are at record
It also means 2020
will go down as one of the three hottest years on record.
"There is at
least a one-in-five chance of it temporarily exceeding 1.5º
Celsius by 2024," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said.
Climate Accord set a goal of not exceeding 1.5º Celsius (2.7º
Fahrenheit) warming since pre-industrial times.
new analysis by Climate Action Tracker scientists who
monitor carbon pollution and pledges to cut them said public
commitments to emission cuts, if kept, would limit warming to about
2.6º Celsius (4.7º Fahrenheit) and possibly as low as 2.1º Celsius.
Guterres saw hope
in promises by more than 100 countries that by mid-century they will
not be adding more heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere than trees
and technology can remove, along with shorter term pollution cuts.
China and U.S.
President-elect Joe Biden have pledged net zero carbon
believe that 2021 can be a new kind of leap year - the year of a
quantum leap towards carbon neutrality," Guterres said.
But he said the two
U.N. reports ,
"spell out how
close we are to climate 'catastrophe'."
spend trillions of dollars to recover from the
slowdown, Guterres said they must to do so in a way that
emphasizes clean energy.
Nations should stop
funding and subsidizing fossil fuels, he said. And countries need to
fulfill their Paris promise to spend $100 billion annually to
help poorer countries develop cleaner energy.
there's no way
the world can curb the climate change "without 'U.S.
leadership'" and urged students and other Americans to do
"everything you can" to get their governments to curb emissions
the new reports found countries would need to cut production of
oil, coal and natural gas by 6% each year by 2030 to keep global
temperatures from rising more than 1.5º Celsius.
Instead, a review
of eight major fossil-fuel producing nations showed they plan to
increase production by 2% annually.
twice the amount of carbon-based fuel would come onto the market
than feasible to keep the Paris goal within reach.
Governments in the
Group of 20 major and emerging economies have so far committed more
money to prop up fossil fuel sectors than to boost the rollout of
renewable energy, the report found.
Gerasimchuk of the International Institute for Sustainable
Development said investing in oil, coal and gas no longer makes
economic sense because renewable energy is becoming cheaper than
But, she said,
"We see that
instead of governments letting these fossil fuel projects die
they resurrect them from the dead."
The WMO's report
found global warming is worsening in all seven key climate
indicators, but the problem is increasing human suffering in an
already bad year.
"In 2020, over
50 million people have been doubly hit: by climate-related
disasters (floods, droughts and storms) and the COVID-19
pandemic,'' the report said.
Central America are suffering from the triple-impact of
hurricanes Eta and Iota, COVID-19 and pre-existing humanitarian
Among the dozens of
extremes the report highlighted:
A record 30
Atlantic named tropical storms and hurricanes.
Valley, California, hit 129.9º F. (54.4º Celsius), the
hottest the world has seen in 80 years.
wildfires struck California and Colorado in the western
United States, following a major fire season and record heat
had record wildfires and a prolonged heat wave culminating
in a 100-degree mark (38º Celsius) in Siberia in June.
Arctic sea ice was reported for April and August and the
yearly minimum, in September, was the second lowest on
2,000 people died in record summer rains and flooding in
Pakistan and surrounding nations.
While these events
can't solely be blamed on climate change,
"these are the
types of events scientists fear will increase due to climate
change," said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie
Mahowald, who wasn't part of the report.
activities are at the root of our descent towards chaos,"
"But that means
human action can solve it."