World set for 3C warming despite pandemic, pledges

10 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

World set for 3C warming

despite pandemic, pledges

Earth remains on course to warm more than 3 degrees Celsius by the century’s end despite a dip in greenhouse gas emissions due to the pandemic and pledges to curb pollution, the UN said on Wednesday, reports AFP.

In its annual assessment of emissions levels, the UN’s Environment Programme found that 2020’s 7-percent fall in carbon pollution would have “negligible impact” on warming without a broad and rapid shift away from fossil fuels. The Emissions Gap report analyses the gulf between action required under the Paris climate deal and emissions cuts currently planned by countries.    

It found that a “green recovery” from the pandemic, in which emerging net-zero pledges are accelerated, could shave 25 percent off of emissions by 2030.

This would bring the world closer to levels required to limit warming to 2C (3.6 Farenheit), as stipulated under Paris.