Climate crisis almost irreversible, UN shared alarm



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Climate crisis almost irreversible, UN shared alarm

Emissions need to decrease by about half by 2030 to reach the internationally agreed target of 1.5 ° C of warming. Despite the commitments made at COP26 in Glasgow the objectives of the Paris Agreement and at the moment there is no credible path towards global warming of 1.5 degrees while the policies currently in place would lead to an increase of 2.6-2.8 degrees.

Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP told: "This report tells us in cold scientific terms what nature has told us all year, through deadly floods, storms and wildfires: we must stop filling our atmosphere with greenhouse gases.

and stop doing it quickly." The commitments made by the last climate summit in Glasgow in 2021 will lead to cuts of less than 1% of greenhouse gas emissions forecast for 2030, according to UNEP. This is the equivalent of 0.5 gigatonnes of CO2, according to UNEP calculations, and only with a 45% reduction in emissions will global warming be limited to 1.5 ° C.

Climate crisis almost irreversible, UN shared alarm, how many risks

According to the United Nations, a rapid, large-scale, fossil-fuel-free reorganization of our electricity supply, industry, transport and construction sectors, as well as food and financial systems is needed to reduce emissions by 45% to limit the global warming at 1.5 ° C and 30% to maintain the average temperature rise at 2 ° C.

The report explained: "Although the transformation towards zero net greenhouse gas emissions is underway in the electricity supply, industry, transport and buildings, it needs to move much faster."

Emissions need decrease by about half by 2030

Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter: "As the latest UNEP Emissions Gap report makes clear, we are headed for economy-destroying levels of global heating.

We need #ClimateAction on all fronts - and we need it now. We must close the emissions gap before catastrophe closes in on us all."