Drastic action required to limit global heating, warns UN

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has called on the EU to scale up climate action after its analysis showed that global greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 7.6% each year for the next decade if global heating is to be limited to 1.5°C.

UNEP’s annual Emissions Gap report, published on Tuesday, warned that current unconditional pledges to reduce emissions under the Paris climate agreement would see global temperatures rise by 3.2°C. In order to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, governments must increase their Paris targets for 2030 targets more than fivefold. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that going beyond 1.5°C will increase the frequency and intensity of climate impacts.

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