“The longer the war in Ukraine carries on, the worse the consequences will be for the climate”
United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry warns a long Ukraine war would threaten climate efforts. — The Guardian.
Many countries are struggling with an energy crisis while also urgently needing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global heating to 1.5C, Kerry said.
“If it’s a long period of time, obviously that makes [staying within 1.5C] very complicated. It depends on what happens with the war, where the war goes, and how long it lasts. If miraculously we can somehow find a way to resolve some of the fundamental problems in the next six months, then maybe we could just accelerate everything together.”
But he added: “The longer this goes on, the harder it becomes [to stay within 1.5C]. There are a number of scientists who believe we are on the edge of 1.5C now. Anything that is not part of the acceleration [of emissions-cutting efforts] gets in the way.”