UN: World on track to double warming limit this century

A United Nations report warned on Monday that the planet is on track. Warms up to 2.9 degrees In this century, it is almost twice the UN standard of 1.5.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said that under current unconditional emissions commitments, countries around the world are on track to achieve the following goals: Global warming of 2.9 degrees Celsius by the end of this centurycompared to 2.5 degrees under the conditional commitment.

The annual Emissions Gap Report predicts that greenhouse gas emissions will need to fall by at least 42 percent by the end of the century to limit warming to the 1.5 degree threshold. To stay within the Paris Agreement’s 2 degree limit, emissions need to be cut by 28%.

Current trends are racing the planet to a dead-end 3 degrees Celsius increase in temperature.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at a press conference on Monday.

“In short, this report shows that the emissions gap is more like an emissions canyon. The canyon is littered with broken promises, broken lives, and broken records.”

See the full report for more information.

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