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Ahead of Warsaw Talks, United Nations Report Calls For Wide-ranging Global Action to Close Emissions Gap



Since 2010, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has convened scientists from around the world to determine whether voluntary international greenhouse gas emission reduction pledges will suffice to keep global warming to only two degrees Centigrade. This year’s so-called annual “Gap Report,” produced by 44 scientific groups in 17 countries, finds that current efforts will most likely not be enough to keep the world’s climate change to the two-degree target.


The report shows that even given current emissions pledges, greenhouse gas emissions at the close of the decade are likely to be eight to 12 gigatons of CO2 above the level needed to have a good chance of stabilizing warming to within two degrees Centigrade in the same time period.


This news comes as world leaders prepare to meet in Warsaw, Poland for the latest United Nations climate change conference. On the eve of this important political event, UNEP is calling for wide-ranging global action to close the emissions gap.


UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner has announced, “The stepping stone of the 2020 target can still be achieved by strengthening current pledges and by further action, including scaling up international cooperation initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency, fossil fuel subsidy reform and renewable energy.”



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