Climate change making Earth ‘uninhabitable’ Guterres warns

Inclement weather passes across Ulsan, South Korea (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) Humanity is facing a “difficult truth” the UN chief said just ahead of World Meteorological Day, marked on Thursday – the damage already being caused by climate change is “making our planet uninhabitable.”

He laid down the challenge to governments worldwide, to make 2023 a year of “transformation, not tinkering” when it comes to seriously addressing climate change, with meaningful climate action.

“Every year of insufficient action to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius drives us closer to the brink, increasing systemic risks and reducing our resilience against climate catastrophe”, said Secretary-General António Guterres.

Climate change is intensifying heatwaves, droughts, flooding, wildfires and famines, he warned, while threatening to submerge low-lying countries and cities as sea levels rise due to melting glaciers and increasingly extreme weather.

The combined impact of this will be to drive yet more species to extinction, Mr. Guterres said.

This year’s theme, The Future of Weather, Climate and Water Across Generations “compels us all to live up to our responsibilities” to future generations, he added.

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