The consequences will be devastating. Some regions of our planet will be uninhabitable. This will be a death sentence for many people, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He criticized oil companies for ignoring their own climate change research. – Just like the tobacco industry, they rolled over their own scientific research – he noted.
Climate changes came to the fore at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged business leaders to follow the principles outlined by a group of experts to make credible climate commitments.
United Nations and the International Organization for Standardization produced guidance in November to serve as a reference text to help organizations develop robust emission reduction plans. While companies increasingly pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as close to zero as possible, the criteria they use “are often questionable or unclear,” the UN chief told delegates in Davos.
“This leaves the door wide open for greenwashing,” he said, referring to unsubstantiated claims by some companies that their products are environmentally friendly.
Guterres added that those responsible must be held accountable.
– Like the tobacco industry, they have rolled over their own scientific research. And as with the tobacco industry, those responsible must be held to account, said the UN secretary-general.
Research hidden for decades
Guterres was referring to a study published by the journal Science that showed that Exxon’s internal projections for global temperature rise were surprisingly accurate. However, while they clearly predicted threats to the climate and to humanity, Exxon concealed these studies for decades. Exon has denied these accusations. “Every week brings a new climate horror,” Guterres said, warning that a pledge to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels was “going up in smoke.” Without further action, Guterres said humanity is on its way to a global temperature increase of 2.8 degrees Celsius. – The consequences will be devastating. Some regions of our planet will be uninhabitable. It will be a death sentence for many people. – But it’s not a surprise. The science has been clear for decades. I’m not just talking about UN scientists. I’m even talking about oil industry scientists.
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