According to the UN: For the two-degree target, emissions would have to fall 30 percent faster than planned

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For the two-degree target, emissions would have to fall 30 percent faster than planned

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The United Nations is concerned that the climate could warm up by up to 2.6 degrees by 2100. Efforts to date to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are “deplorably inadequate”. By 2030, as much must be saved every year as in the Corona year 2020.

KShortly before the world climate conference in Egypt, the UN warned of global warming of up to 2.6 degrees by the year 2100. According to a report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Thursday, the commitments made by individual countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions are not sufficient. Instead, emissions would have to fall by 45 percent in this decade in order to curb global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Progress in reducing emissions is “woefully insufficient,” the report said. In order to limit global temperature rise to two degrees, emissions would have to fall 30 percent faster by 2030 than is envisaged in the current national climate protection plans.

Every year, the Unep report determines the gap between the expected emissions and the values ​​that are necessary to achieve the Paris climate goals.

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At the end of 2015 in Paris, the international community agreed to keep global warming to a manageable level well below two degrees, but if possible to 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era. Since the industrial revolution, however, the earth has already warmed by almost 1.2 degrees.

According to Unep calculations, the new commitments made by individual countries since the world climate conference in Glasgow last year would only help to reduce emissions by 1.0 percent by 2030. It was “another year wasted in actually doing something about the problem,” the report’s lead author, Anne Olhoff, told AFP.

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In 2020, global emissions had fallen by seven percent compared to 2019 due to the Corona crisis – according to Unep, this roughly corresponds to the annual emissions reductions required by 2030 on the way to the 1.5-degree climate target. The world needs “basically emissions reductions of that magnitude every year through 2030” to meet the Paris Agreement target, Olhoff said.

In 2021, on the other hand, around 52.8 billion tons were recorded, the highest greenhouse gas emissions since measurements began, according to the Unep report. The authors see this as “a missed opportunity” to accelerate the energy transition. From the beginning of November, the further implementation of the Paris Agreement will be discussed for two weeks at the UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

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