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Europe targets climate neutrality by 2050

UN warns that world is falling behind Paris climate goals World must triple efforts to curb global warming
Elijah Vega | 01 December, 2018, 20:30

The pages of the report contain the most up-to-date assessment of global greenhouse gas emissions combining the latest research collated and assessed by an worldwide team of leading scientists. The main outcome was that there is still a large gap from taking the actions needed to achieve the targets indicated in the Paris Agreement.

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.

Another potential gap-filling tool the report highlights is fiscal policy reform, including fossil fuel taxes and subsidies to low-emission alternatives, which can create strong incentives for low-carbon investments and reduce emissions.

The United Nations' annual assessment of global progress on climate change delivers familiar bad news this year - the problem is getting worse, not better - with a new twist: For the first time, political ideology is singled out for obstructing changes that would slow global warming.

The European Commission's strategy on climate towards 2050 is "underwhelming and unambitious", European parliamentarian Yannick Jadot said on Wednesday in the European Parliament. "At US$70 per ton of CO2, emission reductions of up to 40 per cent are possible in some countries".

The EU's updated strategy comes days before representatives from nearly 200 countries are due to meet in Katowice, southern Poland, for an annual conference on climate change, known as COP24. In order to avoid most risky climate change effects. It will contribute scientific evidence to inform decision making during the conference, which is expected to adopt implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement.

The US will miss its targets, as will Australia, Canada and South Korea.

"If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation", Ms Msuya said.

UN warns that world is falling behind Paris climate goals

"By identifying the opportunities, gaps and patterns, this report will help ACP States take their NDCs to the next level", said Dr Gomes. "The science is clear: for all the ambitious climate action we've seen - governments need to move faster and with greater urgency".

"And I would add land at this point; reforesting and deforesting - we're planting a lot but we're clearing a lot more, and that's third-world stuff".

The Emissions Gap Report is the UNEP's annual flagship report and assesses the "emissions gap", or the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to levels consistent with a 2°C/1.5°C target.

The authors of the report note that nations would need to triple their efforts on climate action without further delay, in order to meet the 2°C-rise limit by mid-century.

Delegations from almost 200 countries are due in Poland next week for the latest COP24 climate summit, aimed at renewing and building on the Paris deal and limiting global warming. To meet the 1.5°C limit, they would have to quintuple their efforts.

A reported draft version of a communique being formulated by leaders of the G20 in advance of the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting Friday, fails to back the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and makes no mention of the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C which warned that "Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".

"We are not inventing the wheel", he said.

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