CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in four years

02 December, 2018, 14:11 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • UN warns that world is falling behind Paris climate goals

Also, the report finds that the gap between countries' promises in Paris and emissions levels that would be needed to stay consistent with the accord is even larger than previously believed.

Climate change is a global threat but it is the world's poorest and most vulnerable people - those who rely on rain to grow crops, live in poorly built structures in marginal areas, and lack savings or insurance - who are hit hardest.

While Trump on Monday rejected projections that global warming will cause severe economic harm, a U.N. report detailing the dangers has spurred ministers from 10 European Union nations to call for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut at a faster rate than planned.

UN Environment deputy executive director Joyce Msuya said: 'If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation.

'We're feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach'. But the gap between where we are and where we need to be also grew on paper: new calculations by the UN's top science panel sharply reduce the real-world potential for drawing Carbon dioxide out of the air, whether by planting more trees or capturing and storing Carbon dioxide emitted by power plants.

"So while some may see this as yet more doom and gloom, it's clear that governments can make global carbon emissions peak and decline soon if they simply do more of what's proven to work, such as cutting energy waste and switching from coal to clean energy", he said.

"Greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by 25 per cent by 2030 to put the planet on a path towards limiting global warming to two degrees, " the report said. This ninth UNEP emissions report has been prepared by an worldwide team of leading scientists, assessing all available information. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is also still technically possible, but the window is closing. "Thankfully, the potential of using fiscal policy as an incentive is increasingly recognized".

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Countries must triple their efforts to cut emissions to prevent global temperatures rising beyond risky thresholds, a United Nations report warns. That is, essentially, the difference between "where we likely are" and "where we would like to be" in terms of global emissions.

DR GLEN PETERS, author of the UNEP report and research director of the Centre for International Climate Research, on how far behind nations are in their climate goals. To meet the 1.5°C limit, they would have to quintuple their efforts.

These plans are to cover commitments already made to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40 percent before 2030, while the strategy now aims "for a climate neutral Europe by 2050". A continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around 3°C by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that, according to the report findings.

'We can not safely live on a planet with the climate that is out of control, ' Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič said.

"Governments meeting in Poland must cut emissions faster and further and developed countries must set out how they will mobilise the $100 billion a year they have promised to support climate action in poor countries", added Hite.

The overall results are consistent with the findings of other recent major studies, including the October report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on meeting a 1.5 degree Celsius warming goal, and a USA assessment of past and future damage associated with warming published last week.

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