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Humanity reaching a turning point on climate: UK PM Johnson

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  • 23rd September, 2021 03:45:36 PM
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Humanity reaching a turning point on climate: UK PM Johnson

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A climate summit of world leaders in 40 days' time will be the "turning point for humanity", UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said in a speech to the United Nations.

He warned that global temperature rises were already inevitable, but called on his fellow leaders to commit to major changes to curb further warming.

Four areas needed tackling - "coal, cars, cash and trees", he said.

Countries must take responsibility for "the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves".

"It's time for humanity to grow up," he added ahead of the UK hosting the COP26 summit in Glasgow, reports BBC.

The prime minister also said it was time to listen to the warnings of scientists. "Look at Covid if you want an example of gloomy scientists being proved right."

But he called on the country - which produces 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions - to go further and end its domestic use of coal, saying the UK was proof that it could be done.

The UK used coal to generate 25% of its electricity five years ago - but that is now down to 2%. Mr Johnson said it would be "gone altogether" by 2024.