UN: The world has backed itself into a treacherous corner on climate change

UN: The world has backed itself into a treacherous corner on climate change

by Umair Irfan, VOX

Countries are far off course in meeting emissions goals. More drastic actions are needed to get back on track.

The world is further off course than ever from meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement and averting climate catastrophe as the divide between countries’ pledges and actions continues to grow.

This grim assessment comes from the latest United Nations Emissions Gap Report published Tuesday. “Gap” refers to the difference between what countries have committed to do to limit climate change and what they actually need to do to meet greenhouse gas targets.

The findings aren’t surprising, given that global greenhouse gas emissions have reached all-time highs in recent years. But they are still alarming. Since the first gap report was published in 2010, carbon dioxide emissions have risen 11 percent.

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