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UN report: Bolder climate action needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

A new report released by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) warns that “national climate action plans remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” The report also states that “despite increased efforts by some countries, the report shows that more action is needed now to further reduce the world’s emissions trajectory and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

The report, the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement, assesses countries’ progress towards their climate goals. The report finds that even if all countries fully implement their current climate plans, global emissions will still be 2 percent above 2019 levels by 2030. This is well below the 43 percent reduction needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

UN report: Bolder climate action needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

The report identifies a number of areas where bolder climate action is needed, including:

Reducing emissions from the energy sector: the energy sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing emissions from this sector is critical to meeting climate targets. This can be achieved by switching to renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and reducing fossil fuel subsidies.
Protecting forests: Forests play an important role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is therefore important to protect forests from deforestation and degradation. This can be achieved through sustainable forest management practices, afforestation and reforestation.
Invest in climate adaptation: The world is already experiencing the effects of climate change, such as more extreme weather events and rising sea levels. It is therefore important to invest in climate adaptation measures to protect people and communities from these impacts.
The report also emphasizes the importance of international cooperation to combat climate change. Developed countries must provide financial and technical support to developing countries to help them reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.

Simon Steele, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said the global stocktaking report “clearly shows where progress is too slow. But it also lays out the vast array of tools and solutions that countries are proposing.” He added that “billions of people want to see their governments pick up this toolbox and put it to use.”

The global stocktaking report is expected to inform negotiations at the upcoming COP28 climate summit in Dubai. The summit will be an important opportunity for countries to agree on new, more ambitious climate targets.

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