The United Nations (UN) weather agency has warned that greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high in 2020.
The World Meteorological Organization released a report which showed that carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million in 2020.
Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said that the current rate of increase would result in temperature rises far in excess of the 2015 Paris Agreement target.
“We need to revisit our industrial, energy and transport systems and whole way of life,” he said.
“We are way off track”.
Representatives from over 200 countries will meet in Scotland with a view to strengthening action to tackle climate change under the Paris accord.
The report also confirmed that the Covid-19 economic slowdown “did not have any discernible impact on the atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and their growth rates.”
It added that early reports show levels of carbon dioxide are continuing to rise in 2021.