United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published its Emissions Gap Report 2021 on 26 October 2021 which shows that new national climate pledges combined with other mitigation measures put the world on track for a global temperature rise of 2.7°C by the end of the century.
That is well above the goals of the Paris climate agreement and would lead to catastrophic changes in the Earth’s climate. To keep global warming below 1.5°C this century, which is the aspirational goal of the Paris Agreement, the world needs to halve annual greenhouse gas emissions in the next eight years.
The new and updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) only take 7.5% off the predicted 2030 emissions, while 55% is needed to meet the 1.5°C Paris goal. So countries need to increase their targets by 7 times!
UN Secretary-General says we are “still on track for climate catastrophe, even with the last announcements that were made.” Watch the video below.