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Humans waging 'suicidal war' on nature

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"Our planet is broken," the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, will warn on Wednesday.Humanity is waging what he will describe as a "suicidal" war on the natural world.
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"Nature always strikes back, and is doing so with gathering force and fury," he will tell a BBC special event on the environment.
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In a speech entitled State of the Planet, he will announce that its "central objective" next year will be to build a global coalition around the need to reduce emissions to net zero.
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Mr Guterres will say that every country, city, financial institution and company "should adopt plans for a transition to net zero emissions by 2050". In his view, they will also need to take decisive action now to put themselves on the path towards achieving this vision.
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The objective, says the UN secretary general, will be to cut global emissions by 45% by 2030 compared with 2010 levels.
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Here's what Mr Guterres will demand the nations of the world do:Put a price on carbonPhase out fossil fuel finance and end fossil fuel subsidiesShift the tax burden from income to carbon, and from tax payers to pollutersIntegrate the goal of carbon neutrality (a similar concept to net zero) into all economic and fiscal policies and decisionsHelp those around the world who are already facing the dire impacts of climate change
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"The science is clear," Mr Guterres will tell the BBC, "unless the world cuts fossil fuel production by 6% every year between now and 2030, things will get worse. Much worse."
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The impact is already being felt around the world."Apocalyptic fires and floods, cyclones and hurricanes are the new normal," he will warn."Biodiversity is collapsing. Deserts are spreading. Oceans are choking with plastic waste."
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As well as pressing for action on the climate crisis, he will urge nations to tackle the extinction crisis that is destroying biodiversity and to step up efforts to reduce pollution. We face, he will say, a "moment of truth".
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"The coal business is going up in smoke," because it costs more to run most of today's coal plants than it does to build new renewable plants from scratch, he will tell the BBC."We must forge a safer, more sustainable and equitable path", the UN chief will conclude.
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