While world leaders and negotiators hail the Glasgow climate pact as a good compromise that keeps an important temperature limit, many scientists are questioning what planet these politicians view.
When combining the figures, one sees a completely different and warmer earth.
“In the bigger picture I think, yes, we have a good plan to keep the 1.5-degree goal within our possibilities,”Patricia Espinosa
‘In the bigger picture I think, yes, we have a good plan to keep the 1.5-degree goal within our possibilities,’ UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa told The Associated Press, alluding to the global goal of limiting temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the conference’s host, agreed, describing the Glasgow agreement as a “clear road map limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees.”
But some scientists are also being significantly more sceptical.
The planet has already warmed by 1.1 degrees since pre-industrial times, which is actually a couple of tenths of a degree above the pre-industrial trend.
The 1.5 degree target was already a life-changer before Glasgow and now it’s time to declare it dead,”Princeton University climatologist Michael Oppenheim said in an email on Sunday.
But a few scientists offered hope.