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BERLIN (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Tuesday of a “dangerous disconnect” between what scientists and citizens demand to curb climate change and what governments actually do about it. topic.

António Guterres said that global greenhouse gas emissions are expected to fall by 45% this decade, but are currently expected to increase by 14%.

“We are witnessing a historic and dangerous disconnect: science and citizens are demanding ambitious and transformative climate action,” he told a climate conference in Austria. “Meanwhile, many governments are dragging their feet. This inaction has serious consequences.

António Guterres said Russia’s war in Ukraine risks deepening the crisis as major economies “double down on fossil fuels” which are responsible for much of the emissions that fuel global warming.

“New funding for fossil fuel exploration and production infrastructure is an illusion,” he said in a video message to the Austrian World Summit, initiated by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This will only further fuel the scourge of war, pollution and climate catastrophe.”

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Guterres urged countries to end all coal use by 2040, with rich countries doing so by 2030, and to focus on replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy.

“Renewable energy is the peace plan of the 21st century,” he said.

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