UN climate report: World must increase climate protection sevenfold

Status: 10/26/2021 4:29 p.m.

The global community must increase its current climate protection efforts sevenfold if it wants to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. That emerges from a UN report shortly before the start of the world climate conference.

Shortly before the start of the world climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, the United Nations published a new report on the current climate policy of the global community: According to this, the states have to increase their climate protection efforts sevenfold if they want to achieve the agreed 1.5-degree target.

With the current national climate protection plans, greenhouse gas emissions can only be reduced by 7.5 percent by 2030, according to the report of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). In order to limit global warming – as agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement – to 1.5 degrees if possible by the end of the century, a reduction of 55 percent – around seven times – is necessary. As things stand, the world is on the way to global warming of 2.7 degrees by the year 2100.

Unep Director: The world has to wake up

“In order to have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions,” explained Unep Executive Director Inger Andersen. “The world needs to wake up and become aware of the impending danger we face as a species.”

COP26 is probably crucial for the implementation of the Paris goals

Every year, the UNEP report determines the gap between the expected emissions and the values ​​that are necessary to achieve the Paris climate targets. The international community agreed in Paris at the end of 2015 to limit global warming to well below two degrees, but if possible to 1.5 degrees compared to the pre-industrial age.

With the Paris Climate Agreement, the signatory states have committed themselves to submitting new, more ambitious national climate protection contributions (NDC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions every five years. The UN climate conference COP26, which begins on Sunday in Glasgow, is considered to be crucial for achieving the Paris goals.

UN report: States must increase their commitments for the climate sevenfold

Antje Passenheim, ARD New York, 10/26/2021 5:19 p.m.


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