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Thursday, December 2, 2021

World heading for 2.4C global warming – report

An analysis has warned that the world is heading for at least 2.4C of global warming with the climate action that countries have pledged to take in the next decade.

An annual update from the Climate Action Tracker initiative has also warned of a “massive credibility gap” of almost 1C of warming at the COP26 summit between countries’ promises and actions actually being taken.


Some 140 countries have pledged to cut emissions with the target of being net-zero by the year 2050, however, analysts have warned that it is “lip service” and not real climate action.

If all long-term pledges are met, temperature rises at the end of the century could be curbed to 1.8C but this target has been described as a big “if” as many people question certain countries’ long-term targets when there are no short-term plans to put them on track to deliver the goal.

The analysis shows that actual action based on current policies that countries have for tackling climate change will put the world on track for 2.7C of warming which would cast a “long and dark shadow of doubt over the net-zero goals”.


This is due to the net-zero goals not being aligned with the globally agreed goal of limiting global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

Although more ambitious targets were required for COP26, the analysis says the latest targets are still “totally inadequate”.

IMAGE – “B3W (Build Back Better World) Event join” (Public Domain) by pmobarbados


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