1 hr 54 min agoUN secretary general: “We’re digging our own grave” From CNN’s Amy Cassidy in Glasgow
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference Monday. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)At the opening of the World Leader Summit at COP26 in Glasgow, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres told world leaders, “we’re digging our own grave” and that the world must take immediate action at this climate conference to avert it.
While he cited stark examples of the rapidly changing planet due to “our addiction to fossil fuels,” which he said is pushing humanity to the brink, he also highlighted what can be accomplished to this keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal alive.
As countries make progress, Guterres said the private sector must add to it.
“I will establish a group of experts to propose clear standards to measure and analyze net zero commitments from non-state actors,” which will go beyond mechanisms already established in the Paris Agreement, Guterres said Monday.
“We face a stark choice: Either we stop it or it stops us,” he said. “It’s time to say, ‘enough.’ Enough of brutalizing biodiversity. Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature like a toilet. Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves,” he said at the opening ceremony. “We need maximum ambition from all countries on all fronts to make Glasgow a success.”1 hr 43 min agoJames Bond, a Doomsday device and “blah blah blah”: Highlights from Boris Johnson’s speechFrom CNN’s Eliza Mackintosh
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off COP26, welcoming delegates to Glasgow in his classic jocular fashion. Here are some highlights:
Johnson drew an analogy between fictional British spy James Bond defusing a ticking bomb in a film and world leaders attempting to solve the climate crisis: “The Doomsday device is real, and the clock is ticking to the furious rhythm of hundreds of billions of turbines and systems … covering the Earth in a suffocating blanket of CO2.”He emphasized the risk that inaction poses to future generations: “If we don’t get serious about climate change today, it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow.”Speaking about his experiences at previous COPs in Copenhagen and Paris, he said: “All those promises will be nothing but ‘blah blah blah,’ to coin a phrase,” a reference to a comment that youth climate activist Greta Thunberg made a few months ago. Johnson underlined the relevance of Glasgow to the current crisis, saying it was in the city that James Watt developed the steam engine that started the industrial revolution: “We brought you to the very place that the Doomsday machine began to tick.”He spoke about harnessing private sector money, and described the UK as “the Saudi Arabia of wind.”The average age of the conclave of world leaders, he said, is over 60 — something that he said may dismay young activists: “The children who will judge us are not yet born, and their children.”1 hr 51 min agoBoris Johnson invokes James Bond, urging world leaders to defuse ticking time “bomb”From CNN’s Eliza Mackintosh
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during at the UN Climate Change Conference Monday. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)British Prime Minister Boris Johnson invoked the fictional British secret agent James Bond when he urged global leaders to turn the tide on the climate crisis, drawing an analogy between “defusing” a ticking time bomb and the climate crisis the world is facing.
“We may not feel much like James Bond, not all of us necessarily look like James Bond, but we have the opportunity and we have the duty to make this summit the moment when humanity finally began, began to defuse that bomb,” he said.
2 hr 20 min agoBoris Johnson: “Humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change”From CNN’s Angela Dewan and Eliza Mackintosh in London
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the opening ceremony of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1. (Alberto Pezzali/AP)UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government is hosting the COP26 talks, warned Monday that humanity has run down the clock on climate change.
“Humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change. It’s one minute to midnight and we need to act now,” Johnson told delegates, speaking at the opening ceremony of the World Leaders Summit.
“If we don’t get serious about climate change today, it will be too late for our childre
‘We’re digging our own grave,’ says UN chief on climate crisis
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