The United Nations (UN) no longer considers climate change a “future problem” because the world is already experiencing it.
Based on a UN report, the world is facing a dangerous global temperature rise of around 2.7°Celsius should countries fail to strengthen their climate pledges.
The report said that with the current country pledges, the earth’s carbon emission will only be 7.5 percent less by 2030.
This is far from the 45 percent target that scientists are looking into to limit the increase in global temperature to only 1.5°Celsius, which will be set in the COP26 Summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, October 31.
The UN emissions report said that even if more than 100 countries have pledged to reach net-zero emission by 2050, this will not suffice to reduce the climate disaster.
The author of the report, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen, said that in order to limit global warming to 1.5°Celsius, member nations still have eight years to craft plans and policies aimed at reducing green gas house emissions.
“Climate change is no longer a future problem. It is a now problem. To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions: eight years to make the plans, put in place the policies, implement them and ultimately deliver the cuts. The clock is ticking loudly,” Andersen said.
In 2020, the world recorded only a 5.4 percent reduction of carbon emission amid the implementation of lockdown measures brought about by efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Lena Ramos )