Reverse climate change or “we are doomed” warns United Nations

Countries must prioritise tackling climate change or the world faces catastrophe.

That warning comes from the head of the United Nations, António Guterres, who was speaking to the BBC in New York, before a major climate conference in Egypt.

Mr Guterres warned of a tendency to put climate change on the back burner and said that if we are not able to reverse the present trend “we will be doomed.”

The conference, known as COP27, will bring together countries to discuss tackling climate change.

Mr Guterres said that current global problems such as inflation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the high prices of energy and food were distracting governments.

He called on them to bring back climate change to the centre of international debate and warned that nations must not abandon key goals, including keeping global temperature rise to 1.5C.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting byJustin Rowlatt.

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