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National plans to cut carbon fall far short of what’s needed to avert dangerous climate change, according to the UN Environment Programme. Their Emissions Gap report says country pledges will fail to keep the global temperature under 1.5C this century. The Unep analysis suggests the world is on course to warm around 2.7C with hugely destructive impacts. But there is hope that, if long term net-zero goals are met, temperatures can be significantly reined in.

BBC 26th Oct 2021 read more »

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Despite stronger climate policy and higher ambition in the latest national pledges, there is still a large gap between near-term commitments under the Paris Agreement and what would be needed to limit warming to well-below 2C and aim for below 1.5C.

Carbon Brief 26th Oct 2021 read more »

The world is squandering the opportunity to “build back better” from the Covid-19 pandemic, and faces disastrous temperature rises of at least 2.7C if countries fail to strengthen their climate pledges, according to a report from the UN. Tuesday’s publication warns that countries’ current pledges would reduce carbon by only about 7.5% by 2030, far less than the 45% cut scientists say is needed to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C, the aim of the Cop26 summit that opens in Glasgow this Sunday. António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, described the findings as a “thundering wake up call” to world leaders, while experts called for drastic action against fossil fuel companies.

Guardian 26th Oct 2021 read more »

World heading for catastrophe without bolder climate plans, UN warns. The world is way off course from averting climate disaster, and countries’ new commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions – unveiled ahead of the Cop26 climate summit – “fall far short” of what is required to reach net zero by 2050, the UN has warned. With just days to go before the critical summit, the UN Environment Programme has found countries’ updated “nationally determined contributions” or NDCs – which set out the level of carbon emissions cuts they are planning – only take a further 7.5 per cent off projected global emissions for 2030, while cuts of 55 per cent are needed to meet the 1.5C Paris goal. That means the current plans would need to have seven times the level of ambition to remain under that limit.

Independent 26th Oct 2021 read more »

Net zero targets announced by 50 countries offer hope that the worst impacts of climate change can still be avoided, according to a UN report. It said that many of the targets had yet to be translated into detailed plans to cut emissions this decade but overall they could limit global warming to 2.2C by the end of the century — close to the 2C upper limit for global warming set in the Paris agreement on climate change in 2015. The UN Environment Programme (Unep) assessed all targets announced by countries by the end of last month and concluded that the net zero pledges “could make a big difference”.

Times 27th Oct 2021 read more »

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