UN urges bold climate action as extreme weather becomes 'the new normal'


UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (APP): Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action is needed to “face the future now”. “Only by responding decisively to the climate challenge can we avoid  the worst impacts of climate change and lay the foundations of a world of peace, prosperity and opportunity for all,” the UN chief said in a message on the Day. The window of opportunity for limiting global temperature rise to well  below two degrees Celsius “the threshold set under the Paris Agreement adopted last December” is narrow and rapidly shrinking, the secretary-general warned, noting that the effects of a warming planet will be felt by all, including rising sea levels, and extreme weather events, which are becoming “the new normal”.