The Carbon-Burning Development Model is Doomed

As the global climate talks approach and the stakes become higher, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has once again urged for serious and concrete commitments, as well as coordinated climate action, to prevent a “one-way ticket to disaster.” 

The COP26 climate talks, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31 to November 12, 2021, provide a chance for governments, the corporate sector, and civil society to collaborate in order to avoid irreversible climate catastrophe. 

The secretary-general described the current climate situation as a “code red for humanity,” emphasizing the urgency of a rapid and prompt transition away from fossil fuels, both in terms of existing power generation capacity and future investments.  

New research published earlier this week focuses on the consequences of the climate catastrophe for Africa. Although Africa is home to 17% of the world’s population, it is responsible for only 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, which are contributing to climate change. Climate change is causing changes in precipitation patterns, rising temperatures, and extreme weather all throughout the world, but these occurrences are occurring with increased frequency and intensity in Africa. 

New research published earlier this week focuses on the consequences of the climate catastrophe for Africa. Although Africa is home to 17% of the world’s population, it is responsible for only 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, which are contributing to climate change. Climate change is causing changes in precipitation patterns, rising temperatures, and extreme weather all throughout the world, but these occurrences are occurring with increased frequency and intensity in Africa. 

The report goes on to say that integrated water resource management (IWRM) is critical for long-term social, economic, and environmental well-being, and it calls for long-term financing to help the 107 countries that are still on track to meet their 2030 goal of managing their water resources sustainably. 

Donors and multilateral development banks, according to the secretary-general, should commit at least half of their climate support to adaptation and resilience. 

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