A new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) aims to inspire politicians to take bolder climate action by showing the links between climate indicators and the SDGs through clear visual maps.
The report “Climate Indicators and Sustainable Development: Demonstrating the Interconnections” coincides with the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the opening of the SDG Action Zone on Wednesday, dedicated to accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“If the SDGs are to be achieved by the 2030 target, the risks of man-made climate change must be understood and addressed,” it said.
The report aims to show the connections between the global climate and the SDGs, which go far beyond SDG 13 for climate protection. “She also advocates the need for stronger international cooperation, which is essential to achieving the SDGs, and to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius or even 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century,” it says in a press release from the WMO.
The report is accompanied by a story map highlighting seven climate indicators whose impacts include the SDGs: carbon dioxide concentration, temperature, ocean acidification, ocean heat content, sea ice extent, glacier mass balance and sea level rise.
“In the face of ongoing climate change, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation, there is an urgent need to understand the links between climate and international development,” said WMO Secretary General Professor Petteri Taalas.
The report examines the impact of the latest data and scientific research on the state of the world’s climate on sustainable development to show how our climate is already changing and how the changes will hinder the achievement of the SDGs.
As CO2 concentration drives global climate change, it is indirectly responsible for risks related to the other climate indicators and almost all SDGs. Therefore, the report emphasizes that reducing CO2 emissions is one of the most effective and necessary climate-related measures to achieve the SDGs.
The WMO plans to use real data to create examples of the relationship between climate indicators and SDGs in 2021. The methodology in this report will closely monitor the risks posed by the deterioration of these indicators in achieving the SDGs, the communication goes on to say.
“It is hoped that this report can serve as the basis for more interdisciplinary research and collaboration, improved policy development and greater commitment to both the SDGs and climate protection. Our future depends on it, ”it said.
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