New York (HRNW) The world has wasted precious time, and now, after a decade of procrastination on climate change, we have our work cut out for us.
If nations around the globe still want to meet their Paris emission targets, a new synthesis of United Nations data suggests we will have to put in quadruple the work.
The time for action is quickly slipping through our grasp. Just ten years ago, we had 30 years to halve our emissions. Now, we only have ten years – if we want to limit temperature rises to 1.5 °C warming above pre-industrial levels. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has outlined, beyond that limit conditions will get increasingly dire.
The new warning comes from two leading climatologists, and it’s based on ten annual editions of the UN Emissions Gap Report, which looks at the discrepancy between what countries have pledged to emit and what they actually need to emit.