We're further off track than ever in limiting global warming

The bad outweighs the good at the UN climate talks


Lindsay Abrams
November 20, 2013 7:16PM (UTC)

Ostensibly, the world's governments are spending two weeks in Poland working out a way to limit global warming to 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels. In reality, according to a new report, we're getting further off track. From Reuters:

A Climate Action Tracker compiled by scientists said the world was headed for a temperature rise of 3.7 degrees Celsius (6.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times by 2100, against 3.1C (5.8F) if governments stuck to promised cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

"We are seeing a major risk of a further downward spiral in ambition, a retreat from action, and a re-carbonization of the energy system led by the use of coal," said Bill Hare, director of Climate Analytics.

Not helping the matter are Japan, which revised its goal of a 25 decrease in emissions by 2020 to a "more realistic" 3.8 percent and Australia, which, despite a promise to reduce emissions by 5 percent, is projected to actually increase them 12 percent. Mother Jones and Grist have more on the very counter-productive actions taken by those two countries, along with Poland and Canada, which, according to the report, outweigh positive signals from the U.S. and China.

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“Instead of strong domestic policies to meet ambitious pledges, we’re seeing a weakening of action, and a degradation of pledges that sees the highest 2020 emissions levels the Climate Action Tracker has ever seen,” said Marion Vieweg, of Climate Analytics, in a statement.


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