One of our most read paper this week on Peerus is : Nations falling short of emissions cuts set by Paris climate pact, analysis finds.
Here a small summary :
“The world is now in a race against the clock, warns a new United Nations climate report.” (November 2018)
The Emissions Gap Report, 2018 assesses the latest scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas emissions and compares these with the emission levels permissible for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This difference between “where we are likely to be and where we need to be” is known as the ‘emissions gap’.
Current commitments expressed in the NDCs are inadequate to bridge the emissions gap in 2030. Technically, it is still possible to bridge the gap to ensure global warming stays well below 2°C and 1.5°C, but if NDC ambitions are not increased before 2030, exceeding the 1.5°C goal can no longer be avoided. Now more than ever, unprecedented and urgent action is required by all nations. The assessment of actions by the G20 countries indicates that this is yet to happen; in fact, global CO2 emissions increased in 2017 after three years of stagnation.
“The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we’ve seen—governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. We’re feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach”.
Who is really concerned ?
All countries need to work to bring down their emissions. But some are more concerned : China, the United States, the European Union, and India—which together account for more than 56% of all the greenhouse gases. China, accounting for 27% emissions contributor !
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