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Climate and Environmental Governance: We must tackle climate change with greater urgency

Scientists have been telling us for years that despite the international consensus in 2015 (culminating in the Paris Agreement) to keep the global planet to within 1.5°C of pre-industrial temperatures, we are unlikely to achieve this.

Worse, this year is the hottest on record. At least a third of days were over the 1.5°C threshold. Also, there is consensus we are more likely to be over 2°C above benchmarks by the end of 2030 with much worse to come.

UN secretary-general António Guterres has said at a recent climate summit that “humanity has opened the gates to hell” by allowing the climate crisis to worsen. He went on to say that the world is “decades behind” in the transition to clean energy. “We must make up time lost to foot-dragging, arm-twisting and the naked greed of entrenched interests raking in billions from fossil fuels”.



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