World on catastrophic track to 2.7-degree warming, says UN chief

Antonio Guterres said if this promise fails to meet this goal, then it will be measured in the huge loss of lives and livelihoods

The world is on a catastrophic track to 2.7-degrees of heating which is breaking the promise that was made six years ago to chase the 1.5-degree Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement.


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Saturday the heating.


Antonio Guterres said if this promise fails to meet this goal, then it will be measured in the huge loss of lives and livelihoods.


UN secretary was acknowledging to the United Nations Climate Change synthesis report of climate action plans as communicated in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).


The NDC report indicates that while there is a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over time, the countries must immediately double up their climate efforts if they are into preventing the rise of global temperature beyond the Paris Agreement’s goal of well below 2 degrees Celsius — ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.


The UN Secretary-General said, “G20 nations account for 80 percent of global emissions. Their leadership is needed more than ever. The decisions they take now will determine whether the promise made at Paris is kept or broken.”


He added that before COP 26 all countries should submit a more ambitious NDC that helps to place the world on a 1.5-degree track.


Antonio Guterres said, "We also need developed nations to finally deliver on the USD100 billion commitment promised over a decade ago in support of developing countries."


The chief official added that the Climate Finance report was published by the OECD shows on September 17 that this goal has not been reached either.


The report released by the UN Climate Change on Friday was urged by Parties to the Paris Agreement to help them in assessing the progress of climate action ahead of this November, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at Glasgow in Scotland.


This report also includes details from all 191 Parties to the Paris Agreement based on their latest NDCs available in the interim NDC registry as of July 30, as well as from updated and new 86 NDCs that are submitted by 113 Parties.


Those 86 NDCs covers nearly 59 per cent of Parties to the Paris Agreement and account for about 49 per cent of world’s GHG emissions.


For the group of 113 Parties that submitted new or updated NDCs, greenhouse gas emissions are speculated to decrease by 12 per cent in 2030 compared to 2010.


This will be an key step towards the reductions that identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that projected that limiting global average temperature surges to 1.5 degrees Celsius which requires a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 45 per cent in 2030 or a 25 per cent reduction by 2030 to limit heating to 2 Celsius.


The 113 Parties, 70 nations projected carbon neutrality goals around the middle of the century.


This goal will lead to even greater emissions reductions, of nearly 26 per cent by 2030 compared to 2010.

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