31 Oct '17, 1pm

'Up Our Ambition, or Suffer the Consequences': UN Report Urges Immediate Climate Action

The United Nations (UN) Environment program has released its eighth annual Emissions Gap Report , which ominously found that greenhouse gas emissions are set to overshoot the Paris climate deal by about 30 percent . The goal of the Paris agreement is to keep global temperature rise this century to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with each nation making individual efforts to mitigate global warming. But according to the new review, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, national pledges made so far cover only a third of the cuts needed by 2030 to avoid worst impacts of climate change . Annual emissions are likely to hit 53.0-55.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, which greatly exceeds the 42 billion ton threshold for avoiding the two degree temperature rise. Notably, even if the pledges are fully implemented, it is...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/un-climate-action-emissions-2504...

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