08. December 2021

Fears that COP’s 1.5 degree climate goal may be slipping away


Glasgow: An up to date United Nations evaluation reveals that the world remains to be on observe for two.7 levels warming above pre-industrial temperatures by 2100 regardless of dozens of latest emissions reductions pledges made as a part of the Glasgow climate talks.

The projection is much worse than earlier estimates printed late final week as a result of it doesn’t consider a number of the pledges made outdoors the formal COP course of, akin to guarantees to hurry up the abandonment of coal and cut back methane emissions.

Tina Stege, climate envoy for the Marshall Islands, speaks at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tina Stege, climate envoy for the Marshall Islands, speaks at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit:Getty

The 2.7-degree evaluation by the United Nations Environmental Program relies on 2030 targets, moderately than extra bold 2050 pledges, as they’re seen as extra credible.

A second evaluation which additionally considers 2050 targets tasks warming might attain 2.1 levels.

This evaluation by Climate Action Tracker finds if all governments met their 2030 targets, we’d attain 2.4 levels of warming by 2100. If nations proceed with present insurance policies moderately than assembly these targets, we’d attain 2.7 levels.

Its evaluation additionally emphasised the failure of many governments to match 2050 targets with near-term motion.


“Now, at the midpoint of Glasgow, it is clear there is a massive credibility, action and commitment gap that casts a long and dark shadow of doubt over the net zero goals put forward by more than 140 countries, covering 90 per cent of global emissions,” mentioned its report.

If temperatures do rise by a mean of two.7 levels, the results for the earth’s climate have been predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to be catastrophic.

COP26 President Alok Sharma warned earlier than the Glasgow summit that any warming above two levels would kill off all of the world’s coral reefs and expose 2 billion individuals to excessive heatwaves.

“If temperatures continue to rise we will step through a series of one-way doors, the end destination of which is climate catastrophe.”

Tina Stege, climate envoy for the Marshall Islands, held a press convention to debate the Climate Action Tracker report for the High Ambitions Coalition, a grouping of countries that has emerged as one of many extra highly effective blocs on the COP.

The coalition is backed by small island states and lots of susceptible growing nations in addition to a lot of Europe and the US.


She mentioned the report confirmed there should be a concentrate on 2030 moderately than 2050 targets.

“2030 is the cliff edge, certainly for my country, a small island developing state, but really for the world,” she mentioned.

Stege known as for the convention to undertake a mechanism to verify that nationwide commitments have been in step with the general 1.5 degree goal, and for nations like Australia that haven’t improved their 2030 dedication to be required to take action subsequent yr.

Two analyses printed final week which took into consideration a number of the pledges made on the COP sidelines – one by a University of Melbourne group and one other by the International Energy Agency – discovered warming might peak beneath 2 levels if all guarantees have been saved.

Taryn Fransen, worldwide climate change coverage specialist with the World Resources Institute, mentioned the large variance within the projections mirrored the completely different methodologies used.

The UN’s report is a meta-analysis of different stories together with the one produced by Climate Action Tracker.

“All of these studies are using slightly different assumptions about which pledges they should include,” she mentioned.

She mentioned whenever you sift by the stories and “compare apples and apples”, a clearer image emerges.

Analyses that cite a median warming determine primarily based on 2030 targets mission warming will attain a spread of two.4 levels to 2.5 levels. Those that embody 2050 targets present warming being held simply beneath 2 levels.


Those that are extra conservative and predict a temperature we’re unlikely to exceed, moderately than a median temperature, arrive round at 2.7 levels in the event that they think about 2030 targets, and round 2.1 levels in the event that they embody 2050 web zero targets.

The COP26 goal, in response to its UK hosts, is to maintain “1.5 alive”.

With three days till the assembly is because of shut, that goal is just not in attain.

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