Nations must triple efforts to meet global climate goal

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The ninth annual UN Environment Program (UNEP) report inspected the influence of the countries' discharge slashes targets and policies and if they are sufficient to restrict worldwide standard temperatures developing to a sheltered gateway below 2 degree Celsius.

UNEP Chief Scientist Dr. Jian Liu, skilled in management of ecosystems, agriculture, and climate change at national, regional and global levels. "The emissions gap is much bigger than past year", UNEP's Philip Drost, one of several coordinators for the annual report's ninth edition, told AFP. "Thankfully, the potential of using fiscal policy as an incentive is increasingly recognized".

"Over the last years, we have shown how to reduce emissions, while creating prosperity, high-quality local jobs, and improving people's quality of life".

Under a package of climate legislation passed since the 2015 Paris accord from energy efficiency to renewable targets and curbs on transport pollution, the European Union is on track to overshoot its pledge to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.

That verdict is likely to weigh heavily on discussions during a United Nations climate meeting that starts in Poland next week, where countries are scheduled to discuss how well they are, or are not, living up to the goals set in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord.

These two steps mark the culmination of key processes begun under the Paris Agreement, reinforcing the importance of next month's 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The report says emissions should be reduced to 40 billion tons by 2030 to keep the global average temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius and to minimize the impacts of climate change, such as heatwaves, heavy rain and flooding.

UN Environment deputy executive director Joyce Msuya said: 'If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation.

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Nations must triple efforts to meet global climate goal

These were an important element in achieving global emissions goals, the report said.

'The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we've seen - governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. We are feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach, ' he added.

Germany's development minister, Gerd Mueller, sought Wednesday to shift the attention onto his country's efforts to help poor nations achieve their climate goals, noting that their potential future emissions could far outstrip reductions achieved in Europe. To meet the 1.5°C limit, they would have to quintuple their efforts.

This year's report records the largest gap yet between where we are and where we need to be. A continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around 3°C by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that, according to the report findings.

"The kind of drastic, large-scale action we urgently need has yet to been seen", said UNEP.

He determines every year the gap between the expected emissions up to the year 2030 and the values that are necessary in order to reach the Paris climate goals.

A reported draft version of a communique being formulated by leaders of the G20 in advance of the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting Friday, fails to back the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and makes no mention of the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C which warned that "Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".

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