The recent net-zero pledges by major emitting countries and the potential for a “green recovery” from the Covid-19 pandemic “presents the opening” for the world to close the growing “gap” between existing commitments and what is needed to limit global warming to meet the Paris Agreement goals. This is according to the latest UN Environment Programme (UNEP) emissions gap report, published today. The annual report, now in its 11th year, finds that global emissions will fall in 2020 due to Covid-19 related disruptions. But it also shows starkly how quickly the 1.5C goal is slipping out of reach, as well as how limiting global warming to the “well below” 2C goal is becoming more difficult with every passing year in which emissions continue to grow. However, UNEP highlights three areas – the recovery from Covid-19, a new willingness by countries to set ambitious mitigation targets, and the rapid advances in clean energy technologies – which together provide an opportunity to help close this “emissions gap”.
Carbon Brief 9th Dec 2020 read more »
The world’s largest greenhouse gas-producing countries should ratchet up their targets for cutting emissions at next year’s climate conference, former US vice-president Al Gore has said. All eyes will be on Glasgow, which is hosting the UN Cop26 talks, he said, hoping the event will mark “a new era, with humanity finally going serious” about solving the climate emergency – “this existential threat to our existence”.
Independent 9th Dec 2020 read more »
‘COP26 must have more women in top roles’, global voices tell Boris Johnson.
The National 10th Dec 2020 read more »