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UN chief says ending fossil fuel use is only way to save burning planet

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders on Friday that burning fossil fuels must be stopped outright, and a reduction or decrease in their use would not be enough to stop global warming.

“We cannot save a burning planet with a fire hose of fossil fuels,” Guterres said in a speech at the COP28 summit in Dubai.

“The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we stop burning all fossil fuels. Not reduce. Not abate.”

He urged fossil fuel companies to invest in a transition to renewable energy sources. He told governments to help by forcing that change – including using windfall taxes on industry profits.

“I urge governments to help industry make the right choice – by regulating, legislating, putting a fair price on carbon, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and adopting a windfall tax on profits,” he said.

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