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Addressing the Urgent Need for Global Climate Action

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New York, 23 August (TDI): A recent report released by the United Nations (UN) has cast a spotlight on an alarming surge in extreme weather events on a global scale, underscoring a critical crossroads in the battle against the escalating climate crisis.

However, destructive and deadly storms are poised to intensify in frequency and severity due to the escalating climate emergency.

According to the UN report, Climate change characterized by long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, is predominantly driven by human activities as well as the burning of fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and gas, releases greenhouse gas emissions that effectively trap the sun’s heat and elevate global temperatures.

Primarily,  carbon dioxide and methane, arising from various sources such as transportation, energy production, agriculture, and deforestation are the main cause of climatic destruction.

Climate experts have demonstrated that human beings bear the primary responsibility for nearly all of the global temperature increase observed in the past 200 years.

The consequences are undeniable as the Earth’s surface temperature has surged by approximately 1.1°C since the industrial revolution. The last decade has witnessed record-breaking warmth, underscoring the urgency of the situation.

The repercussions are profound and far-reaching, encompassing severe droughts, water scarcity, wildfires, rising sea levels, flooding, polar ice melting, extreme storms, and biodiversity loss.

Moreover, the vulnerable communities, especially those in small island nations and developing countries, bear the brunt of these consequences.

Sea-level rise and prolonged droughts have forced entire communities to relocate, while hunger and displacement loom large on the horizon.

According to the UN report,  numerous scientists and policymakers, underscores the imperative to limit global temperature increase to a maximum of 1.5°C to avert catastrophic consequences.

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Present policies, however, point towards a potential rise of 2.8°C by the century’s end. The onus of climate action rests upon all nations, yet the largest contributors bear a greater responsibility to initiate change.

Viable solutions to the climate crisis abound, offering economic benefits alongside environmental protection. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like solar and wind is paramount. Urgent action is mandatory, with emissions requiring a 50% reduction by 2030 to stay within the 1.5°C limit.

As outlined in a UN report, a pivotal measure involves industrialized nations upholding their pledge to allocate $100 billion annually to developing countries so that they adapt to sustainable and green economies.

 

 

Hina Zarif
Hina Zarif
Hina Zarif holds an MPhil degree from the esteemed National Defence University (NDU) with a profound understanding of Peace & Conflict Studies. Through her captivating narratives, she explores the depths of human nature and conflict resolution, leaving a lasting impact on her readers.

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