Clock showing deadline for climate action unveiled in New York

22 Sept 2020

Clock showing deadline for climate action unveiled in New York

A clock showing how much time is left to stop the devastating damage of climate change was unveiled in New York. The calculation is based on current rates of emissions and the amount of CO2 that can still be released into the atmosphere. "We can meet this challenge, but we don't have any time to lose," artist Gan Golan said.

The United Nations has warned of huge global changes, such as the loss of coral reefs and Arctic sea ice, if the 1.5 degree threshold is crossed. Countries in the 2015 Paris Agreement agreed on measures to limit emissions to stay below the critical temperature mark. The clock's installation will take over what is known as the Metronome, where 15 spinning LED digits tell the time of day and the time remaining in a day, down to a hundredth of a second. It is set in the side of a glass building overlooking Union Square.