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New UNEP Emissions Gap Report Released
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New UNEP Emissions Gap Report Released

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) flagship Emissions Gap Report 2019 has been released. The report measures the gap between what we need to do and what we are actually doing to tackle climate change. The gap is the difference between the low level of emissions that the world needs to drop to, compared with the projected level of emissions based on countries’ current commitments to decarbonisation.

The Emissions Gap Report measures and projects three key trendlines: 

  • The amount of greenhouse gas emissions every year up to 2030.
  • Commitments countries are making to reduce their emissions & the impact these commitments are likely to have on overall emission reduction.
  • The pace at which emissions must be reduced to reach an emission low that would limit temperature increase to 1.5oC, affordably.

The report also identifies key opportunities for each country to increase the pace of emission reduction necessary to close the gap. 

What has the report found?

As we near the end of 2019, we now need to reduce emissions by 7.6 per cent every year from 2020 to 2030. If we do not, we will miss a closing moment in history to limit global warming to 1.5°C. If we continue as we are, temperatures can be expected to rise 3.2°C above pre-industrial levels, with devastating effect. 

View this interactive version of the report to find out more.

Author: DelAgua

Publish Date: 27.11.2019

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