November 28, 2018
In its “Emissions Gap Report 2018,” the United Nations (U.N.) declared Tuesday that total annual greenhouse gases emissions reached a record high in 2017 and that “more ambitious” measures are needed by 2020 to keep global warming below established goals.
Current national commitments “are inadequate to bridge the emissions gap in 2030,” the U.N. warned in its report . “Technically, it is still possible to bridge the gap to ensure global warming stays well below 2°C and 1.5°C,” but if global ambitions are not increased before 2030, exceeding the 1.5º C goal “can no longer be avoided.”
“Now more than ever, unprecedented and urgent action is required by all nations,” the report declared . “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.”
In its report, the United Nations suggested that the world is on the path to climate disaster if drastic measures are not implemented in the near future.
“Global greenhouse gas emissions show no signs of peaking,” the report reads. Global CO2 emissions from energy and industry increased in 2017, while total annual greenhouse gases emissions reached a “record high” in 2017. Global emissions in 2030 need to be 55 percent lower than in 2017 to put the world on a “least-cost pathway” to limiting global warming to 1.5º C.
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