Report: UN Warns Countries' Climate Plans 'Nowhere Near' 1.5C Goal

A new report by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change published on Wednesday, has said that world governments' plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to avoid exceeding the 1.5C global warming goal.

Report: UN Warns Countries' Climate Plans 'Nowhere Near' 1.5C Goal
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Facts

  • A new report by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change published on Wednesday, has said that world governments' plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to avoid exceeding the 1.5C global warming goal. Current measures have the world on track to reach between 2.1 and 2.9C of warming, in comparison to pre-industrial times, by the end of the century.
  • Over the last year, only a handful of governments have committed to substantially strengthening their plans, despite pledges made during COP26 in Glasgow last November.
  • The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Simon Stiell said that current plans do not, "go far enough, fast enough. This is nowhere near the scale of reductions required to put us on track to 1.5C. National governments must set new goals now and implement them in the next eight years."
  • According to climate experts, in comparison to 2010 levels, emissions need to be reduced by 43% by 2030 in order to reach the goals of the Paris deal. The UN's report argues that current world government plans will actually lead to an increase in emissions by 10.6% by 2030.
  • With the world already feeling the impacts of extreme weather at 1.2C, UN chief Antonio Guterres said that the 1.5C goal is still achievable, though the current trajectory of the existing plans is "catastrophic."
  • The report was released just two weeks ahead of climate talks set to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh. Guterres said COP27, "must be the place of clarity on vital funding for adaptation and resilience." He went on to say that the convention, "must be the place for serious action on loss and damage."

Sources: Time, Guardian, Al Jazeera, and France24.

Narratives

  • Narrative A, as provided by Time. The failure of governments to reduce emissions has already resulted in extreme weather events and exposed millions to food and water insecurity, malnutrition, heat-related illness and death, and climate migration. This is only set to worsen as, while rich nations who are responsible for the majority of emissions and have the resources to combat global warming refuse to act, poorer nations face the brunt of climate change.
  • Narrative B, as provided by Clark County Today. This report is just the latest iteration of climate alarmism. Time after time the UN and other agencies have warned that our species has reached its end and that it's "now or never," but none of their predictions have come to fruition. After decades of crying wolf no one is listening anymore. We could all do with ignoring the climate alarmists and focusing on the genuine issues facing society today.

Predictions