UN Chief Antonio Guterres has warned that the failure to cut global emissions is setting the world on a ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming.
This comes as a United Nations report on global emissions pledges found that they would see a ‘considerable’ increase in global emissions instead of the reductions needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
The Paris Agreement 2015 has aimed for targets significantly lower than 2C, preferably capped at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
It appears that if the current rate of emissions continues, it will breach the Paris Agreement targets.
The target set by the Paris Agreement is understood to be a crucial figure as Guterres stated, “Failure to meet this goal will be measured in the massive loss of lives and livelihoods,”.
The world’s pre-eminent body on global warming ‘The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’ stated back in August that the world’s temperature will be approximately 1.5C higher around the year 2030, which was originally estimated for the year 2040 only three years ago.
In order to meet the 1.5C goal, the panel stated that emissions should be around 45% lower before 2030 when compared to 2010 levels.
According to the UN, global emissions would be 16% higher by 2030 when compared to 2010 as a result of the current pledge by 191 countries.
However, United Nations Climate Chief Patricia Espinosa stated that there was a “glimmer of hope” from 113 countries that updated their pledge, which includes the United States.
Under these new pledges, emissions would reduce by 12% by 2030 when compared to 2010.