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UN warns of melting glaciers, says rich countries are not meeting their climate pledges

The UN is calling on nations to agree a historic new deal at the COP27 climate summit, which opens on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday that nations will face climate catastrophe unless they quickly deliver on commitments made at the 2015 Paris climate summit.

Antonio Guterres“COP27 must be the place to rebuild trust and restore the ambition needed to avoid tipping our planet into the climate precipice. Over the past few weeks, report after report has painted a bright and bleak picture. »

In a new report, UNESCO warns that a third of glaciers that have been declared World Heritage Sites will disappear by 2050, even if nations take drastic measures to reduce emissions. This includes the glaciers of Yosemite National Park in California and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Environment Program warns in a new report that rich countries are falling far short of their commitments to help communities adapt to a warming world. The report finds that the cost of adapting to climate change could top half a trillion dollars a year by mid-century, eclipsing the less than $30 billion countries have received so far for s adapt to the climate crisis.