UN: Nations’ failure to meet climate commitments puts world on track to reach 2.9 degrees of warming by 2100

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The United Nations is warning that countries around the world are falling far short of their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, putting the world on a path to catastrophic global warming. An assessment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change released on Wednesday found that countries’ pledges to cut emissions by nearly half by 2030 fall well short of that target, with the world on track to see emissions increase by more than 10% during this decade. With no change of course, the UN warns that the planet is on track to see an average temperature increase of up to 2.9 degrees Celsius – or more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit – by the end of the century. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke with the BBC Wednesday, less than two weeks before the opening of the UN climate summit COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Secretary General António Guterres“Climate change is the crisis of our lives. This is the defining question of today’s world. Thus, climate change remains a central priority in everything we do. … If we are unable to reverse the current trend that is leading to catastrophe in the world, we will be doomed.

The UN also issued a warning on Wednesday about the three greenhouse gases that contribute the most to global warming. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have all reached record highs this year. Methane saw its biggest year-over-year increase.

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