Paris climate accord emission reduction targets and real-life reductions offered.

Our planet is in the “red alert” as governments do not achieve their climate objectives, UN Secretary-General Ant贸nio Guterres said Friday.

Mr Guterres said in a statement:”Today’s interim report from the UNFCCC is a red alert for our planet. It shows governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement,

In the 2015 Paris climate agreement, countries committed to reducing carbon emissions and stopping global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius – and, if possible, 1.5 degrees Celsius – by the end of the century – in order to avert the most damaging effects of climate change.

Experts warn that going over the threshold will unleash more heatwaves and hot summers, increased sea level rises, worse droughts and rains, fires, floods and food shortages for millions of people.

In order to achieve the temperature-limiting target, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that by 2030, the population needs to cut its CO2 emissions by roughly 45% from 2010 levels and achieve net zero by 2050.

Despite increased efforts, plans to reduce carbon emissions presented to the UNFCCC “far short” what is necessary, indicating that countries “strengthen their mitigation commitments under the Paris Agreement,” commitments under the Paris Agreement, the report says.

The report showed that updated climate action plans – which cover 40% of signatories to the 2015 Paris agreement, which accounted for 30% of the world’s emissions – would add up to a net combined reduction of only 0.5% compared to 2010 level by 2030.

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Guterres called on major emitters to step up their carbon cutting efforts and seize the Covid 19 pandemic as an opportunity “build back greener and better.”

Ant贸nio Guterres

Ant贸nio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres is a Portuguese politician and diplomat serving as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations. A member of the Portuguese Socialist Party, (wikipedia)

2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, (wikipedia)

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Climate change

Climate change includes both global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. (wikipedia)

Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in 2016. (wikipedia)