Forest fires are now at record levels of destruction; unprecedented weather events are ruining lives and livelihoods throughout the world; stifling droughts are wreaking havoc on global food systems – it is obvious that our climate targets are insufficient.

“still on track for climate catastrophe”Antonio Guterres

Chief executive Antonio Guterres said the report showed the world was still ‘on course’ for ‘climate catastrophe’.

The U.N. Environment Program’s emission gap report confirms the findings of the UNFCCC report, and advises that if the world wants to achieve its 1.5 ° C goal, it will need to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent over the next eight years.

“To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions,”Inger Andersen

“To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions,” UNEP’s Executive Director Inger Andersen said.

Scientists and experts agree that global emission reductions are key to prevent what may seem to be the worst possible consequences of climate change.

This year’s Emissions Gap Report on reports that even if all of the net zero commitments were fully achieved, there is a 66 percent chance that the increase in temperature could be capped at 2.2 ° C.

The world’s richest nations have contributed the most to the global climate crisis, and the world’s poorest countries, the world’s least responsible for global warming, will be the ones to feel the worst effects.

This year’s Emissions Gap report focused on the role that methane – the world’s strongest greenhouse gas – plays in global warming.

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Oxford University Press

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Climate change

Climate change includes both human-induced global warming and its large-scale impacts on weather patterns. There have been previous periods of climate change, (wikipedia)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Inger Andersen (environmentalist)

Inger Andersen is a Danish economist and environmentalist. In February 2019, she was appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.Prior to her appointment, (wikipedia)

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Fate of the World

Fate of the World is a 2011 global warming game developed and published by Red Redemption. It features several scenarios, based on actual scientific research, (wikipedia)

Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

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Effects of climate change

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