Climate change is undermining global efforts to achieve sustainable development
A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has found that climate change is undermining global efforts to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The report, which was coordinated by the WMO and involved more than 600 scientists from around the world, found that only 15% of the SDGs are on track to be met. These goals include tackling hunger, poverty, and ill-health, as well as improving access to clean water and energy.
The report found that climate change is already having a significant impact on many of the SDGs. For example, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, which is leading to food insecurity, displacement, and loss of life. Climate change is also making it more difficult to provide access to clean water and energy.
The report also found that the world is far off track from meeting its climate goals. In order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 45% by 2030. However, fossil fuel CO2 emissions increased by 1% in 2022.
The report’s authors called for “large-scale, rapid and systemic transformations” to be made in order to meet the Paris Agreement goals. They also stressed the importance of using science to inform climate action.
The report’s findings are a stark warning about the need to take urgent action on climate change. If we do not act now, the impacts of climate change will only get worse, and our ability to achieve the SDGs will be severely compromised.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:
- Climate change is already having a significant impact on many of the SDGs.
- The world is far off track from meeting its climate goals.
- Large-scale, rapid and systemic transformations are needed to meet the Paris Agreement goals.
- Science is central to solutions.
The report’s findings are a call to action for governments, businesses, and individuals to take urgent steps to address climate change. We must all work together to build a more sustainable future for all.