COP26: Glasgow climate summit kicks off amid severe warnings



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the world climate conference in Glasgow on Monday, warning that the world is on the brink of a cataclysm.

Johnson compared the situation on the planet to that of James Bond strapped to a ticking bomb, desperately trying to defuse it.

Johnson compared the situation on the planet to that of James Bond tied to a time bomb. EFE / E. Macinnes

“We are in a similar situation”, although in the case of the planet it is something real and not fiction, said the British president. The threat is climate change triggered by the consumption of coal, oil and natural gas, and Johnson pointed out that it all started in Glasgow with James Watt’s coal-powered steam engine.

The conclave seeks an agreement in which countries can commit to reducing gas emissions in order to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius below what it was before the industrial age.

The prime minister began part of the summit between world leaders of a United Nations climate conference, which seeks to reach an agreement to curb carbon dioxide emissions fast enough to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. The planet in advance warmed up 1.1 degrees Celsius. Current forecasts based on planned emission reductions over the next decade are for it to reach 2.7C by 2100.

Johnson said at the summit that humanity has run out of the clock on climate change and it is time to act. He indicated that the more than 130 world leaders gathered have an average age over 60 years, and the generations that will be most affected by climate change have not yet been born.

The British leader offered an apocalyptic picture of the climate situation, after the leaders of the world’s major economies made only modest progress on the issue at the G20 summit in Rome last weekend.

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