Global warm­ing is a huge and se­ri­ous threat!

Seaway News - - OPINION - Sul­tan Jessa

Fail­ure to act on global warm­ing would be “sui­ci­dal” warns United Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res.

He warned del­e­gates Na­tions from Sec­re­tary al­most 200 na­tions at the at the Poland con­fer­ence which was con­vened to put a stamp of ap­proval on the Paris Ac­cord.

The UN chief warned coun­tries have to make sac­ri­fices but in the end ev­ery­one will ben­e­fit from the dan­gers of global warm­ing.

Guter­res said fail­ure to take ac­tion would com­pro­mise their last chance to stop run­away cli­mate change.

“It would not only be im­moral, it would be sui­ci­dal,” he stressed.

Del­e­gates at­tend­ing the United Na­tions Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Poland adopted the fi­nal agree­ment.

This was a bold move.

The world now has to con­vince Amer­ica to re-join the Paris Ac­cord.

In re­cent years, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has wit­nessed whacky weather fol­lowed by mas­sive de­struc­tion cost­ing bil­lions of dol­lars. Canada is no ex­cep­tion.

This spring and sum­mer, Cana­di­ans from coast to coast have had to deal with pow­er­ful storms.

Ma­jor­ity of sci­en­tists are cer­tain that man made cli­mate change is play­ing a big role in these strange events.

Sci­en­tists make the link be­tween cli­mate change to se­vere droughts in many parts of Africa and tor­ren­tial down­pours in China and parts of In­dia.

The Paris ac­cord was signed to tackle global warm­ing.

It is not only un­for­tu­nate but very dis­ap­point­ing that the United States of Amer­ica, the most pow­er­ful and the most pro­gres­sive coun­try in the world, de­cided to pull out of this agree­ment.

Most gov­ern­ments like Canada, In­dia and China un­der­stand and re­al­ize global warm­ing is se­ri­ous.

The key dead­line is 2020, when coun­tries must show they have met tar­gets set a decade ago for cut­ting their emis­sions, and when they must af­firm new, much tougher tar­gets.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump must be con­vinced by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re-con­sider its move.

Un­less dras­tic steps are taken im­me­di­ately, we will global warm­ing at an alarm­ing rate.

Cli­mate change is prov­ing even more dis­rup­tive than even sci­en­tists’ most pes­simistic pro­jec­tions.

Canada’s Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is show­ing pos­i­tive signs of tak­ing con­crete ac­tion to stop global warm­ing.

The United States of Amer­ica ac­counts for one-sev­enth of the world’s car­bon emis­sions.

The pledge at the Paris sum­mit was to keep the global rise in tem­per­a­tures be­low 2 C. Many agree the fu­ture lies in green en­ergy. Cli­mate change is one of the great­est threats of our time.

An in­crease in global av­er­age tem­per­a­ture greater than 2C above pre-in­dus­trial lev­els would re­sult in ac­cel­er­ated melt­ing of glaciers and Arc­tic ice, con­tin­ued ris­ing sea lev­els, more fre­quent and ex­treme weather events, dif­fi­cul­ties for agri­cul­ture and changes in plant and an­i­mal life.

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