World getting hotter faster, says UN chief
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World getting hotter faster, says UN chief

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The world is getting hotter and more dangerous faster than previously thought, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, said in Madrid, at the COP 25 climate conference on Wednesday, urging the countries that carbon pollution must stop rising in 2020 to keep the Paris Agreement goals within realistic reach.

The Paris agreement was adopted by 195 parties at the UN climate conference 'COP 21' held in the French capital in 2015 with an aim to reduce the hazardous greenhouse gas emissions.

Nineteen members of the G20, except the US, have voiced their commitment to the full implementation of the deal.

'The world is getting hotter and more dangerous faster than we ever thought possible. Irreversible tipping points are within sight and hurtling towards us,' he said while addressing a high-level meeting at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP25 in the Spanish capital.

'It is a testament to the urgency of the job before us all. The scientific evidence presented in recent weeks has only heightened this urgency,' he said.

On December 2, Mr. Guterres opened the COP 25 climate summit, warning that the governments risked sleepwalking 'past a point of no return' if they remained idle.

The annual negotiations to bolster the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb global warming began in the backdrop of unusually severe climate related disasters this year, from fires in the Arctic, Amazon and Australia to intense tropical hurricanes.

In his latest address, Mr. Guterres urged the countries that carbon pollution must stop rising in 2020 and start falling to keep the Paris Agreement goals within realistic reach.

'We are a very long way behind, but there is still reason to believe we can win this race,' he said.

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