UN chief says ending fossil fuel use is only way to save burning planet

UN chief says ending fossil fuel use is only way to save burning planet
UN chief says ending fossil fuel use is only way to save burning planet

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview at the United Nations headquarters ahead of the COP28 meeting in New York, November 29, 2023. — AFP pic

, Dec 1 — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders today that the burning of fossil fuels must be stopped outright and a reduction or abatement in their use would not be enough to stop global warming.

“We cannot save a burning planet with a fire hose of fossil fuels,” Guterres said in a speech to the COP28 summit in Dubai.

“The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels. Not reduce. Not abate.”

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He urged fossil fuel companies to invest in a transition to renewable energy sources and told governments to help by forcing that change — including through the use of windfall taxes on industry profits.

“I urge governments to help industry make the right choice — by regulating, legislating, putting a fair price on carbon, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and adopting a windfall tax on profits,” he said. — Reuters

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