The caution by a group of developing countries comes after a breakthrough UN report claimed that global warming could make parts of the world dilapidated.
World leaders comprising UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have termed the report a “wake-up call to the world”.
However, some of the strongest reactions to findings are from countries that seem to be the worst hit.
“We are paying with our lives for the carbon someone else emitted,” said Mohamed Nasheed, an earlier Maldives president who denotes almost 50 countries that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
The Maldives is the world’s lowest-lying country, and Mr Nasheed stated that the projections by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would be “devastating” for the nation, putting it on the “edge of extinction”.
AS per the latest IPCC report, heatwaves, heavy rainfall and droughts will be more common and life-threatening. The UN’s chief has categorized it a “code red for humanity”.
The report mentions there is “unequivocal” evidence that humans are to blame for growing temperatures. Within the next two decades, temperatures are expected to rise 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, it adds.
That could result in sea levels increasing by half a metre, but a rise of 2m by the end of the century cannot be ignored.
It could bring a disturbing impact on low-lying coastal countries, stated Diann Black-Layne, ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda and chief climate negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States.
“That is our very future, right there,” Ms Black-Layne mentioned.
The report arrives less than three months before a major climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26.
Boris Johnson, who is introducing the conference, mentioned the report showed help was needed for countries bearing the brunt of climate change.
“Today’s report makes for sobering reading, and it is clear that the next decade is going to be pivotal to securing the future of our planet,” he added.
“We know what must be done to limit global warming – consign coal to history and shift to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance for countries on the frontline.”