UNDP Chief says clock ticking on climate action

New York – UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner joined the chorus for climate change action following the release of a UN report that delivers a warning on warming temperatures.

“The latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report provides a stark reminder of what it would take to keep temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid some of the more dangerous scenarios of climate change. Bottom line: it can be done, but we have almost run out of time,” Steiner said.

The special report from IPCC, released Monday 8 October, made the case for urgent action around the world to keep global warming to within a 1.5-degree Celsius increase, or face more frequent and more powerful weather events, and a worsening quality of life for millions of people.

Within 10-30 years, the report indicates, world temperatures could rise by more than 3 degrees. This could lead to an exacerbation of poverty, and the most vulnerable will be the hardest hit by effects of rising sea-levels, increased droughts, flash floods and extreme weather.

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