‘This Is Not the Summer of Our Youth:’ UN Chief Warns

(TELESUR) – The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that 2019 broke the records of the hottest June ever, as July is also on the path to equal or surpass the hottest month in recorded history.

“We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer,” U.N. chief​​​​​​, Antonio Guterres, told the press Thursday in New York,  calling the current climate situation an “emergency.”

The WMO also showed that 2015 to 2019 are likely to be the five hottest years on record.

“If we do not take action on climate change now … these extreme weather events are just the tip of the iceberg. And that iceberg is also rapidly melting,” Guterres warned.

As the Climate Action Summit will be held on Sept. 23 in New York, the U.N. chief stressed that the ticket to entry, for governments, business and civil society, is “bold action and much greater ambition,” if the world is really willing to limit temperature increases to 1.5ºC and avoid the worst consequences of climate change. ​

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