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UN Sends Dire Warning Over Global Progress on Emissions Goals

A new report shows that new commitments under the Paris Agreement are still far less aggressive than what’s necessary.

A United Nations report released Friday totals up new national climate commitments and concludes that the effort “falls far short” of what’s necessary to slow global warming.

How far short? To have a chance of meeting the Paris Agreement’s lower limit of 1.5° Celsius of warming, nations must cut their emissions of carbon dioxide to 45% below their 2010 level by 2030 and eliminate their impact completely by mid-century. But by meeting all of the updated commitments, countries would lower their CO₂ emissions by just half a percent.