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UN Chief - "We're On A "Highway To Climate Hell With Our Foot On The Accelerator"

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

04:21 7 Nov 2022

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The head of the UN's warned we're losing the 'fight of out lives' as he opened the Cop27 climate conference in Egypt.

Antonio Guterres has told world leaders that putting the issue on the backburner because of wars like the one in Ukraine would be 'unacceptable, outrageous and self-defeating'.

Urgent Action

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is among the 120 world leaders at COP27 this week.

United Nations' Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, told world leaders that human activity is responsible for global warming, and urgent human action is needed to prevent further damage.

"The clock is ticking."

"We are in the fight for our lives and we are losing."

He added, the planet is fast approaching the "tipping point" where climate chaos will be "irreversible."

Fossil Fuels

Governments have been urged to tax the profits of oil, coal and gas companies.

Leaders are also facing calls to redistribute money to people who are struggling to pay food and energy bills, and to less well-off countries who are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the Irish government will be focusing on practical targets:

"For example the target we have with offshore wind," he said at the conference in Egypt today.

Taoiseach Speech

Micheál Martin, is due to address COP27's Climate Implementation Summit tomorrow - where he'll lay out Ireland's climate ambition.

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