Global climate change: time is running out

Posted : 2019-12-05 10:31 Updated : 2019-12-05 10:38
A girl wears a mask during a Global Climate Strike rally calling for urgent measures to combat climate change, in New Delhi, India, November 29, 2019. Reuters

In this Jan. 9, 2009 file photo is an aerial view of the steel company ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg, western Germany. Inger Andersen, head of the U.N. Environment Program, says the world needs 'quick wins to reduce emissions as much as possible in 2020.' Ahead of a global climate summit in Madrid next week, her agency published a report Tuesday showing the amount of planet-heating gases released into the atmosphere hitting a new high last year. AP

FILE - This Jan. 18, 2019 file photo shows a cyclist amidst morning smog in New Delhi, India. Beth Gardiner's new book "Choked" documents how air pollution is responsible for seven million premature deaths around the world. AP

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2016, file photo, women wearing masks to protect themselves from air pollution walk through Ritan Park shrouded by dense smog in Beijing. China says it has realized its 2020 target for reducing carbon emissions ahead of schedule. The ecology and environment ministry published a report Wednesday saying China's CO2 emissions per unit of GDP had fallen last year by 4% from a year earlier to stand at 45.8% less than in 2005. That completed the reduction target for 2020 ahead of schedule. AP

People look at the view of Tehran through polluted air, Iran, in the Velenjak mountainous area, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. The air pollution forced authorities to close down all kindergartens, schools and universities on Saturday. AP

Police officers surround Greenpeace environmental activists after occupying a bucket wheel excavator at the Garzweiler opencast mine in Juechen, western Germany, November 28, 2019. AFP

This handout image obtained December 2, 2019 courtesy of Tom Chudley shows unmanned aerial vehicle imagery that captured the lake drainage in unprecedented detail, image(L) and five hours later, the lake started to drain(R), and had lost 5 million cubic metres of water, or two-thirds of its volume. - Scientists said December 2, 2019 they had used drones to observe the rapid fracturing and draining of a lake on the Greenland ice sheet, a phenomenon that is becoming more frequent as a result of climate change. The ice sheet is typically about a kilometer thick, and during summer, it is normal for some of the surface to melt and form thousands of lakes. AFP

A climate activist protests in front of the the lignite-fired power plant Jaenschwalde, near Cottbus, Germany, 30 November 2019. Some 200 anti-coal protesters tried to force their way into the Jaenschwalde power plant, while others penetrated Jaenschwalde and Welzow-Sued lignite mines, forcing power plant operator LEAG to reduce the facility performance, media reported. EPA

Enia Joaquin Luis, 11, wakes up beside her sister Luisa, 6, under plastic sheets for protect themselves from rain as they stay in shelter at the stands of Ring ground in Buzi, Mozambique, on March 23, 2019. - The death toll in Mozambique on March 23, 2019 climbed to 417 after a cyclone pummelled swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres, as the UN stepped up calls for more help for survivors. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction. AFP

A man recovers cables from the dump of Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana, 12 November 2019 (Issued on 25 November 2019). The Agbogbloshie dump is considered the biggest electronic trash dump in the African continent, where the electronic trash arrives from all over the world, mainly from Europe and the US. According to the International Recycling Office, the world will generate 53.9 tons of electronic waste by 2025 if the production continues until now, which means a 3 per cent increase per year of electronic trash. The COP25 World Climate Change Conference will take place from 02 to 13 December in Madrid under the motto 'Time to Act'. EPA

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Indian women use bare hands to pick reusable pieces from heaps of used coal discarded by a carbon factory in Gauhati, India. AP

This handout picture taken in 2019 and released on November 30, 2019 by the Aegean Rebreath, a Greek organisation formed in 2017, shows volunteeres collecting a rusted shopping cart from the sea during an operation to protect Aegean biodiversity from waste, on the Ionian island of Zakynthos. - In its two years of operation, Aegean Rebreath has amassed 9,000 plastic water bottles, 3,6 tons of fishing net and 289 tyres. The Mediterranean, a partly closed sea, accumulates 570,000 tons of plastic annually from surrounding countries, according to the World Wildlife Fund. AFP

This handout picture taken in 2019 and released on November 30, 2019 by the Aegean Rebreath shows volunteers diving to collect plastics from the sea during an operation by Aegean Rebreath, a Greek organisation formed in 2017 to protect Aegean biodiversity from waste, on the Ionian island of Zakynthos. AFP

Plastic debris litters Capurro Beach in the bay of Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. AP

Garbage litters Capurro Beach in the bay of Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. The two-week UN Climate Change Conference COP25 kicked off today in Madrid with urgent calls to make serious progress on climate action. AP

Activists of Extinction Rebellion sport red clothes as they demonstrate with other young environmentalists to demand measures against climate change in front of the Parliament building, rear, in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The protest was held by the movements Fridays For Future Hungary and Extinction Rebellion Hungary. AP

A young girl together with activists holds a sign during a climate change strike outside a park in Bangkok, Thailand, 29 November 2019. The movement is a continuation of the Global Climate Strike led by Greta Thunberg and to call on world leaders who will attend the United Nations climate change conference in Madrid, Spain from 02 - 12 December. EPA

A blue plastic bag and a toilet seat hangs from the statue of the Swedish football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmo, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019. A fence has been placed around a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and security guards have been keeping watch after it was vandalized by Malmo soccer fans furious at the Swedish soccer star buying a stake in a rival club. AP