TheVoiceOfJoyce Will COP 27 be a success? We better hope so. Instead of bickering over reparations, the delegates should first determine, if they’re attending this conference to stop massive deaths from weather extremes. We already know monetary pledges haven’t been made. We know the last 8 yrs have been the hottest on record. This is a serious event, will the World’s leaders be capable of crafting short term, middle term goals to stabilize our planet’s warming? If they can’t, is our World doomed to fly by 1.5 degrees Celsius? Are we prepared for the consequences of severe bio diversity damage and billions dying. Or can we agree on the implementation of food crops able to withstand heat and low water and the integration of renewables? Can this conference establish working committees to hammer out details in 3 months, 6 months. The World can’t rely on major conferences to solve our climate problems. Policies must be on going and leading to swift action with enforcement of fines for those who continue to pollute. In our new world of rising temperatures and pollution, we can no longer sustain colonial adventurism, war must bear a consequence for the aggressor. Heavily tax the aggressor for increasing the destruction of our Planet!

Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at record levels in the atmosphere as emissions continue. The annual increase in methane, a potent greenhouse gas, was the highest on record.

The sea level is now rising twice as fast as 30 years ago and the oceans are hotter than ever.

Records for glacier melting in the Alps were shattered in 2022, with an average of 13ft (4 metres) in height lost.

Rain – not snow – was recorded on the 3,200m-high summit of the Greenland ice sheet for the first time.

The Antarctic sea-ice area fell to its lowest level on record, almost 1m km2 below the long-term average.

“The greater the warming, the worse the impacts,” said the WMO secretary-general, Prof Petteri Taalas. “We have such high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere now that the lower 1.5C [target] of the Paris Agreement is barely within reach. It’s already too late for many glaciers [and] sea level rise is a long-term and major threat to many millions of coastal dwellers and low-lying states.”

António Guterres, UN secretary-general, said ahead of Cop27: “Emissions are still growing at record levels. That means our planet is on course for reaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible. We need to move from tipping points to turning points for hope.”

A series of recent reports signalled how near the planet is to climate catastrophe, with “no credible pathway to 1.5C in place” and the current level of action set to see no fall in emissions and global temperature rise by a devastating 2.5C.

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