U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called for the creation of a “climate solidarity pact” between wealthier and developing countries to meet key climate goals in opening remarks at this year’s U.N. climate change conference in Egypt, known as COP27. As global temperatures continue to rise, Guterres said the planet is “on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.”
He issued the dire warning as world leaders gathered Monday in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh at the front end of two weeks of talks. Leaders from several countries responsible for a significant chunk of global emissions are skipping the climate conference. China, the world’s biggest emitter, isn’t sending its top officials. The heads of other emissions-heavy countries such as Japan, India, Australia and Canada are also not attending.
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