World’s Emissions Gap Is Growing, with No Sign of Peaking Soon, UN Warns

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World’s Emissions Gap Is Growing, with No Sign of Peaking Soon, UN Warns
'We need to catch up on the years in which we procrastinated,' said UNEP's Inger Andersen. 'If we do not do this, the 1.5°C goal will be out of reach before 2030.'

By LESLIE HOOK, FINANCIAL TIMES

Nov 26, 2019

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A new United Nations report lays bare the yawning gap between the sharp cuts in emissions required to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord and current projections, concluding that the window is closing to prevent the worst effects of damaging climate change.

The definitive annual assessment of global climate pledges found "no sign" that levels of emissions in the atmosphere would peak soon, despite the fact that meeting the Paris goals requires global emissions reductions of at least 2.7 percent each year for the next decade.

The Paris accord of 2015 aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6°F), with efforts to keep it below 1.5°C (2.7°F), in order to limit the worst impacts of climate change. Yet existing pledges are so inadequate that they correspond to about 3.2°C (5.8°F) of warming by the end of the century, the Emissions Gap Report published Tuesday said.

"We need to catch up on the years in which we procrastinated," said Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment Program. "If we do not do this, the 1.5°C goal will be out of reach before 2030."

To be on track for 2°C of warming, the report said, emissions in 2030 would need to be 25 percent lower than today.

To limit warming to 1.5°C, emissions would need to be slashed by 55 percent. Last year, global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.7 percent.

"Every year that action is delayed, emissions reductions need to be steeper," said Joeri Rogelj, climate change lecturer at Imperial College London and an author of the report. This is the 10th year in a row that the UN has released an emissions gap report. "It is really the accumulation of bad news every year."

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New data from the World Meteorological Organization published on Monday showed that global average concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose to 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017.

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"It is worth recalling that the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3 to 5 million years ago," he added. "Back then, the temperature was 2 to 3°C warmer, and sea level was 10 to 20 meters higher than now."

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Here is where that referenced UN report can be found.:

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/cut-global-emissions-76-percent-every-year-next-decade-meet-15degc

And, also keep in mind that the average global temperature during the peak of the last ice age/glacial maximum, when glaciers extended as far south as New York City, is estimated to be between 7 to 9°C cooler* than the same baseline that is used for the projected temperature increases mentioned above.

Thus, this apparent time bomb's clock is most certainly ticking...

(*Based on Vostok ice core-based studies.)
 
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Here is where that referenced UN report can be found.:

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/cut-global-emissions-76-percent-every-year-next-decade-meet-15degc

And, also keep in mind that the average global temperature during the peak of the last ice age/glacial maximum, when glaciers extended as far south as New York City, is estimated to be between 7 to 9°C cooler* than the same baseline that is used for the projected temperature increases mentioned above.

Thus, this apparent time bomb's clock is most certainly ticking...

(*Based on Vostok ice core-based studies.)
It was too late a decade ago to have an impact on what is happening and the world nations cannot even agree to feed Starving children, so climate is obviously not important enough.
 
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Here is where that referenced UN report can be found.:

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/cut-global-emissions-76-percent-every-year-next-decade-meet-15degc

And, also keep in mind that the average global temperature during the peak of the last ice age/glacial maximum, when glaciers extended as far south as New York City, is estimated to be between 7 to 9°C cooler* than the same baseline that is used for the projected temperature increases mentioned above.

Thus, this apparent time bomb's clock is most certainly ticking...

(*Based on Vostok ice core-based studies.)
The United Nations! HA! and TISH-TOSH! They can't tell us---the exceptional country--what to do! How to think! Their laws and opinions apply to everyone else. They're NOT THE BOSS of us! They are not our MOTHER.
America FIRST! That's our motto!
Armed conflicts, increasing inequality, the threat of climate change....just not our problem. Where have I heard that before?
OH yeah--Trump's speech to the United Nations in September.
 
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With even the EU Parliament saying there is no climate emergency it's increasingly hard to buy into the hype.
 
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It's always a good idea to fact check claims by deniers on DTT:

The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed a series of climate tipping points, resulting in “a state of planetary emergency”.
Intended to demonstrate Europe’s green credentials days before a crucial UN climate conference in Madrid, the vote also ratchets up pressure on Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European commission, who declared this week that the EU would lead the fight against “the existential threat” of the climate crisis.


 
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"Professor Berkhout represents the Climate Intelligence Foundation (Clintel), a Dutch group that has collected signatures from over 700 prominent scientists and professionals in support of the basic statement: there is no climate emergency.

Signatories include Nobel laureate, Professor Ivar Giaever, who made important experimental discoveries regarding superconductors, and the influential mathematician and physicist Professor Freeman Dyson."

"Warming is far slower than predicted

The world has warmed at less than half the rate predicted by IPCC on the basis of modeled anthropogenic forcing and radiative imbalance. It tells us that we are far from understanding climate change.

Climate policy relies on inadequate models

Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as global policy tools. They blow up the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2. In addition, they ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 can also be beneficial.

"Global warming has not increased natural disasters

There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts, and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent. However, there is ample evidence that CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.

Climate policy must respect scientific and economic realities"
 
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Augustinus Johannes "Guus" Berkhout is a Dutch engineer who has worked for the oil and gas industry, and as a professor. Berkhout started his career working for Shell. Between 1976 and 2007, he served as professor of acoustics, geophysics and innovation management, at Delft University of Technology.




... A coalition of climate science denial groups is gearing up for a European media blitz later this month, in an apparent bid to derail efforts to set an EU-wide “net zero” emissions target, documents obtained by DeSmog show.

Plans for a self-styled “European Declaration” include press conferences in Brussels, Rome and Oslo and a letter to be sent to leaders of EU and UN institutions, scheduled for mid-September. ...

... The campaign is being spearheaded by a new Netherlands-based climate science denial group called the Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL), launched in April with funding from Niek Sandmann, a multimillionaire real estate developer. ...
 
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With even the EU Parliament saying there is no climate emergency it's increasingly hard to buy into the hype.
Ya think?


And that isn't a sudden reversal this month, either: