WWF reacts to WMO confirmation of second hottest year ever
Posted on 15 January 2020
In response to the World Meteorological Organization’s analysis that confirmed 2019 was the second warmest year on record (after 2016), Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice said:
"There is no time to delay urgent action on climate change. It is no surprise that 2019 was the second hottest year on record - nature has been persistently reminding us that we have to pick up the pace. To stay on track to a 1.5°C world, we must end new coal and peak carbon emissions by 2020, cut global emissions in half by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In the meantime, we must define specific adaptation actions that reduce climate vulnerability for people and nature.
"Countries must update their national climate plans this year before COP26, especially those with high emissions, and submit ambitious national climate pledges aligned with science if we are to have any hope of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels."
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