Boris Johnson Warns that “World at One Minute to Midnight” on Climate Change

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday warned the other heads of state and government at the Cop26 summit that the planet is now “one minute to midnight.”

Johnson compared the fate of the planet to that often faced by the fictional British spy James Bond “strapped to a doomsday device” while the digital clock ticks down to zero.

“We are in roughly the same position, my fellow global leaders, as James Bond, today. The tragedy is that this is not a movie, and the doomsday device is real,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that humanity has been running out of time on climate change but at the same time has the technology to deactivate the doomsday device.

At the closing of the G20 summit, Johnson admitted that the Rome gathering failed the Cop26 in Glasgow, saying that the promises made to tackle the climate crisis were “starting to sound hollow.”

 “We have made reasonable progress at the G20, all things considered – but it is not enough,” Johnson admitted.

Johnston also said that only 12 of the G20 members have committed to reaching net-zero by 2050 or earlier and about half submitted improved plans for carbon emissions cut since 2015, adding that the members also failed to meet their commitment to providing $100bn a year to support developing countries.


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