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U.N. Secretary-General: We need a renewables revolution

Rescuing our burning planet depends on accelerating our transition

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The Loire River near the Anjou-Bretagne bridge in Ancenis-Saint-Gereon, France, was no more than a dry riverbed on June 13: No one is immune.   © Reuters

Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Emperor Nero was famously accused of fiddling while Rome burned. Today, some leaders are doing worse. They are throwing fuel on the fire. Literally. As the fallout of Russia's invasion of Ukraine ripples across the globe, the response of some nations to the growing energy crisis has been to double down on fossil fuels and pour billions more dollars into the coal, oil and gas that are driving our deepening climate emergency.

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