The year 2020 will be “pivotal” in addressing the current climate emergency, the secretary-general of the UN said on Tuesday.

Emphasizing the urgency of the fight against a potential catastrophe, Antonio Guterres said: “We count the cost in human lives, livelihoods as droughts, wildfires, floods and extreme storms take their deadly toll.”

Speaking at a news conference on the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) State of the Global Climate Report 2019, Guterres underlined that it was “crystal clear” that global warming was accelerating, with 2019 being the second hottest year on record and greenhouse gas concentrations at their highest levels

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