Extreme heat, wildfires, storms marked advance of climate change in 2020 

By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

December 29, 2020

CLEVELAND — Extreme global temperatures, wildfires and hurricanes continued to plague the planet during 2020, prompting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appeal to the world to end its “war on nature.”

In a speech at Columbia University Dec. 2, Guterres warned that continued growth in fossil fuel extraction and usage would feed a growing cycle of warming that will place all of humanity in danger.

“The state of the planet is broken. Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal,” he said.

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