Johnson Opens Climate Summit With Quite an Analogy

World is like James Bond strapped to a 'doomsday device,' warns the UK leader
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2021 9:40 AM CDT
Johnson Opens Climate Summit With Quite an Analogy
US President Joe Biden arrives for the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday.   (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened a global climate summit Monday, saying the world is strapped to a "doomsday device." Johnson likened an ever-warming Earth's position to that of fictional secret agent James Bond—strapped to a bomb that will destroy the planet and trying to work out how to defuse it, per the AP. Johnson told leaders that "we are in roughly the same position," only now the "ticking doomsday device" isn't fiction. The threat is climate change, triggered by the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas, and he pointed out that it all started in Glasgow with James Watt's steam engine powered by coal.

Johnson was kicking off the world leaders' summit portion of a UN climate conference, which is aimed at getting agreement to curb carbon emissions fast enough to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) below preindustrial levels. The world has already warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit). Current projections based on planned emissions cuts over the next decade are for it to hit 2.7C (4.9F) by the year 2100. Johnson told the summit that humanity had run down the clock when it comes to climate change. He pointed out that the more than 130 world leaders who gathered had an average age of over 60, while the generations that will be most harmed by climate change aren't yet born.

(More UN climate summit stories.)

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