Glasgow, Nov 9 (EFE).- Global temperatures are on track to increase by 2.4C by the end of the century despite government pledges, according to a report from Climate Action Tracker published during the United Nations COP26 climate summit Tuesday.
The increase surpasses the temperature limit agreed by world powers in the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperatures below 2C higher than pre-industrial level, with an ideal target set at 1.5C.
“Glasgow has a massive credibility, action and commitment gap as the world is heading to at least 2.4C of warming, if not more,” said the research group in its annual global update at the COP26.
According to CAT, an independent research group monitoring action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with all target pledges, including those made in Glasgow, emissions in 2030 will still be around twice as high as necessary for the 1.5C limit.
“Stalled momentum from leaders and governments on their short-term targets has narrowed the 2030 emissions gap by only 15-17% over the last year,” it warned.
The research group added the situation could be even worse and that if countries continue to act like they currently are, temperatures could rise up to 2.7C, nearly one degree above the net-zero commitments governments have made.
CAT’s “optimistic scenario” is 1.8C by 2100.
“This estimate is far from positive news, given the quality of the net zero goals and the massive ambition and action gap in 2030,” it said.EFE