The COP26 conference hosted by the UK later this year is the “last and best opportunity in the world to take stock” of the climate, according to US envoy John Kerry.
Speaking at a World Bank event to promote climate solutions and support developing countries’ transition to a low-carbon future, he said almost no country in the world is meeting its targets. climate change.
As November approaches COP26 Summit Welcomed by the UK in Glasgow, Mr Kerry called on countries to step up their ambition to reduce emissions.
The climate envoy said: “Science is coming back to us stronger, harder, bigger, faster. It is essential that we raise ambition.
“We are making Glasgow the next step by guessing not what we’re ready to do, but what we really need to do to be able to do the job.”
The Duke of Cambridge also spoke at the event about the importance of COP26.
In a video message, Prince william called the conference a “vital step” on the way to putting nature “at the center” of the fight against the climate crisis.
He said: “The decisions the leaders make in Glasgow will affect generations to come. So let’s make it count.
“Protecting and restoring nature is essential for the success of COP26 in Glasgow later this year and for the brighter, greener and more prosperous future we all want to see.
“We cannot recover sustainably from the coronavirus, eradicate global poverty, achieve net zero emissions, or adapt to climate change without investing in nature.”
The world needs a 45% reduction in emissions over the next 10 years to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, but is currently not on track to meet targets set in the Paris Agreement in 2015.
Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal when he was president.
Now having joined him againJoe Biden is expected to announce soon the US plans to cut emissions – what is known as his NDC – or Nationally Determined Contribution.
COP26 President Alok Sharma told the talks that the world was far from meeting the Paris targets.
And he urged the World Bank to step up support for countries that are abandoning fossil fuels.
He said: “Action is essential. A key objective of the UK Presidency of COP26 is to strengthen international collaboration, in particular around clean energy, clean transport and nature, and to keep people moving. financing in particular to developing countries.
“All governments must develop ambitious adaptation plans and emission reduction targets and place them at the heart of national investment strategies. We must act now and seize the opportunities offered by the green recovery.”
Sky News this week launched the first daily prime-time news program dedicated to climate change.
Hosted by Anna Jones, The Daily Climate Show follows Sky News correspondents as they study how global warming is changing our landscape and how we all live our lives.
The show will also highlight solutions to the crisis and show how small changes can make a big difference.