UN Chief Accuses Some Governments and, Businesses of Lying on Climate Efforts

The United Nations Secretary-General accused some governments and businesses of lying about their climate efforts after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

In IPCC’s Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change report, the group said that scientists found increasing evidence of climate action. More policies and laws have “enhanced energy efficiency, reduced rates of deforestation, and accelerated the deployment of renewable energy,” the panel said.

According to the AR6, cities and other urban areas are making efforts to reduce emissions. These efforts include lowering the energy consumption, electrifying the transport while combining it with low-emission energy sources, and enhancing carbon uptake and storage using nature.

IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said that effective policies, regulations, and market instruments exist. “I am encouraged by climate action being taken in many countries,” Lee added.

António Guterres, UN’s Secretary-General thought otherwise. Guterres said that the report was a “litany of broken climate promises.”

Between 2010 to 2019, the average annual global greenhouse gas emission reached its highest. IPCC said all sectors need to take actions to limit global warming to around 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Industries must also use materials efficiently and minimize wastes by reusing and recycling products.

Limiting global warming will reduce greenhouse emission by 43 percent by 2030, the report mentioned.

Guterres said the IPCC has given “viable and financially sound option in every sector that can keep the possibility of limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius alive.” He also urged various sectors to invest in renewable energy.

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