Keeping average global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius still achievable

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Current pledges by Governments indicate a 3-5° C temperature rise this century without fast action. Source: UNEP

Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century.

That assessment is contained in the Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, and released days before the convening of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Doha.

The report shows that greenhouse gas emission levels are now around 14 per cent above where they need to be in 2020. It says instead of declining, concentrations of warming gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) are actually increasing in the atmosphere—up around 20 per cent since 2000.

The report warns that if no swift action is taken by nations, emissions are likely to be at 58 gigatonnes (Gt) in eight years' time.

The report which involved 55 scientists from more than 20 countries, says this will leave a gap that is now bigger than it was in earlier UNEP assessments of 2010 and 2011 and is, in part, as a result of projected economic growth in key developing economies.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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