Nairobi, Oct 26 (EFE).- Global temperatures could rise 2.7C ( (36.9F) by the end of the century if countries continue to fall short on climate pledges, the United Nations warned Tuesday.
This year’s UN Emissions Gas Report, entitled The Heat Is On, says that if world powers want to hit Paris Agreement goals to keep global warming under 1.5 or 2C above pre-industrial levels they need to halve annual greenhouse gas emissions in the next eight years.
Five days ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the UN report says current national pledges only take 7.5% off predicted 2030 emissions, which is “far from adequate.”
To achieve the 2C target, emissions must be cut by at least 30% and for the 1.5C threshold, by 55%.
“Climate action so far has been characterized by weak promises, not yet delivered,” Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Anderson, said.
According to Anderson, national pledges are “still ambiguous, delayed in many cases and not folded into nationally determined contributions.”
“The clock is ticking loudly,” she warned, saying that the world has eight years to deliver the cuts.
The UN report urges nations to put policies in place to meet their new commitments and start implementing them immediately.
“The world has to wake up to the imminent peril we face as a species. We need to go firm. We need to go fast. And we need to start doing it now,” Anderson warned.EFE