Ahead of the 25th edition of the Conference of Parties
(COP) in Madrid in December, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
has warned that countries’ action to combat global warming is inadequate.
Countries must cut
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at least three-fold to have a fighting chance at containing the severest effects of global warming
Unless global greenhouse
gas emissions fall by 7.6?ch
year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on track towards
the 1.5°C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.
Every year, the UNEP assesses the gap between anticipated
emissions in 2030 and levels consistent with the 1.5°C and 2°C targets of the
● The report finds that greenhouse gas emissions had risen 1.5% per year over the last decade Emissions in 2018, including from land-use changes such as deforestation, hit a new high of 55.3 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent.
● Global temperatures have already risen about 1°C since pre-industrial times.
● Negotiations, such as the COP, are aimed at preventing temperatures from rising more than one degree.
● Current commitments by countries will see temperatures rise by 3.2°C over pre-industrial levels.