World on catastrophic path to 2.7C warming: UN Chief
Published : Wednesday, 29 September, 2021 at 12:00 AM Count : 255
United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres has warned that a failure to cut global emissions is setting the world on a catastrophic path to 2.7 degrees Celsius heating.
A UN report on 191 countries' emissions found that they would not meet the ambition of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit human-caused global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.
Instead, it showed 'the world is on a catastrophic pathway to 2.7-degrees of heating', Guterres said in a statement on Friday, just weeks before crunch talks at the COP26 summit in November aimed at securing more ambitious climate action.
The new UN analysis said global emissions would be 16 percent higher in 2030 than they were in 2010 - far off the 45 percent reduction by 2030 that scientists say is needed to stave off disastrous climate change.
Without more ambitious commitments, global temperatures could hit 2.7C above pre-industrial level by the end of the century, the UN said.
That would unleash far more devastating effects than those already battering countries around the world, from fatal floods to wildfires and storms.
"Overall greenhouse gas emission numbers are moving in the wrong direction," UN climate Chief Patricia Espinosa said. "It's not enough, what we have on the table."
Espinosa said she had received 'very positive signals' in talks with some countries that new commitments would arrive before the COP26 summit in Glasgow, without naming any.
The United States and the 27-country European Union - the world's second and third-biggest emitters after China - were among those to set tougher emissions-cutting targets this year.
Nations responsible for about half the world's emissions have yet to do so. China, India and Saudi Arabia are among them.
Brazil and Mexico submitted updated pledges that analysts said would cause higher emissions than those countries' previous targets.