U.N. Secretary General says climate change poses a “global risk” ahead of summit

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres CBS NEWS

New York — The Trump administration on Wednesday is expected to formally revoke California’s authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal standards. It comes as world leaders are set to address the global climate crisis at the United Nations next week.

It’s also been three years since the adoption of the Paris Climate Accord. Yet the world is still getting hotter and planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions are still rising. Which is why U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called a special climate summit to try to reboot the plan. 

In an interview with CBS News, Guterres said, “nature is angry.”

“Nature, you cannot play tricks with nature. Nature strikes back and we are seeing nature striking back and this is a very serious problem,” he said.

“Are you hearing other countries say ‘Well, oh, if they won’t why should we?'” CBS News asked.

“No, I don’t think that is the problem anymore. Because the risk is a global risk. It’s not a risk for one country or another,” Guterres said.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres  CBS NEWS

In order to participate in next week’s climate summit, governments had to commit to further action and an additional cutback in the use of fossil fuels. President Trump will not attend.

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