2021-11-01 19:59:33 来源:参考消息网 责任编辑:汤立斌
核心提示:格拉斯哥会议面临的重大考验是,最近的气候行动势头能否持续增强。如今,朝着正确方向迈进的国家和行业数量空前。关键在于我们必须紧急加快这一变化。

参考消息网11月1日报道 As world leaders, CEOs and activists prepare to meet in Glasgow, two camps are emerging. Prisoners of hope who, like me,believe humankind can step-up to prevent disastrous temperature rises, as science says we must. And the vocal cynics already declaring COP26 a failure before its begun.  

The key test for Glasgow is whether recent climate momentum keeps building. More nations and industries than ever are now moving in the right direction. The point is we must urgently accelerate this change.

Who would have predicted that during COVID-19 the world would have taken bigger strides on tackling global warming,than in the five years since the Paris Agreement? Despite predictions the pandemic would knock climate off the international agenda and let polluters off the hook, the 21 countries adopting net zero targets has jumped to 131. The number of major companies doing so has trebled.

None of this is yet enough and we shouldn't be self-congratulatory. The summer's IPCC report made clear that speeding climate change is a ‘code red’for humanity, to quote the UN Secretary General. We now know that emissions must fall by 45% in the next nine years,while current forecasts predict a rise. The goalposts have indeed shifted.

No government or C-suite wants planetary suicide. If we could take our recent rate of progress and double it again in the next 18 months, the world could finally be on track.

Crucially, we need a COP that puts partnership at the heart of our collective efforts. We need big, coordinated action across all parts of society, with governments, business and civil society coming together for transformational change.

We can't yet say that Glasgow will move us forward on all these fronts, and we can't say it won't. Most likely we'll be left a mixture of disappointed and encouraged:buoyed by the fact we are doing more than ever, and still terrified it won't be enough.

在各国领导人、首席执行官和活动家准备在格拉斯哥会面之际,两大阵营正在形成。像我这种满怀希望的人认定人类能够加紧行动,防止灾难性的升温,这正是科学界认为我们必须采取的做法。而高声吹毛求疵的人在《联合国气候变化框架公约》第26次缔约方会议(COP26)开始之前就已经宣告它没用。  

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