UN chief calls for ban on fossil fuel ads, warns of 'climate hell'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed a strong sense of crisis following reports by a UN weather agency on Wednesday that the rate of global warming is increasing.

In a speech made the same day, Guterres noted that "the target of limiting long-term global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is hanging by a thread."

He appealed to the international community to do more to contain global warming, calling for "an exit ramp off the highway to climate hell."

He said "All of us can make a difference, by embracing clean technologies, phasing down fossil fuels in our own lives."

Taking into account that many governments restrict or prohibit advertising for products that harm human health, the UN chief urged "every country to ban advertising from fossil fuel companies."

He also warned that "no country can solve the climate crisis in isolation". He called for cooperation, saying "this is an all-in moment."