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Ban fossil fuel ads to save climate, says UN chief

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🗞️ Driving the news: UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for a global ban on fossil fuel advertising to combat climate change
• He labeled coal, oil, and gas companies as “godfathers of climate chaos” for misleading the public about the impacts of their activities
• His remarks come as new data shows record-breaking global temperatures and an increasing rate of warming

🔭 The context: The push to ban fossil fuel ads mirrors the historic ban on tobacco advertising due to health risks
• The call follows ongoing high emissions and significant climate impacts like deadly heatwaves and floods, with new studies indicating the world is nearing a long-term breach of the 1.5°C warming threshold

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Banning fossil fuel ads could reduce the influence of these industries on public opinion and policy, paving the way for stronger climate action
• Redirecting public awareness and investments towards renewable energy sources is crucial for achieving climate goals and mitigating global warming

⏭️ What's next: While the UN has no legal power to enforce the ban, Guterres' appeal boosts the efforts of climate campaigners advocating for similar measures
• Governments and organizations may take independent steps to limit fossil fuel advertising, akin to actions already seen in some cultural and sporting events

💬 One quote: “We must directly confront those in the fossil fuel industry who have shown relentless zeal for obstructing progress – over decades.” — António Guterres, UN Secretary General

📈 One stat: Data from the EU's climate service confirms each of the past 12 months set a new global temperature record for the time of year

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