Emissions: World has Four Times the Work or One-Third of the Time

New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris.

Höhne, N., den Elzen, M., Rogelj, J., Metz, B., Fransen, T., Kuramochi, T., Olhoff, A., Alcamo, J., Winkler, H., Fu, S., Schaeffer, M., Schaeffer, R., Peters, G., Maxwell, S. & Dubash, N. (2020) Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time. Nature. vol. 579, 52

This article argues that following a ‘decade of political failure’, radical actions are required to achieve the scale of change that is necessary to minimize the effects of climate change. Moreover, these changes must be realised and fully implemented in the next 10 years.

The current rate of adaptation is therefore insufficient to combat the threat that climate change presents. A severe shortfall in progress means that a 55% reduction in emissions beyond the agreed Paris Accord targets is required by 2030 in order to keep the rise in global temperature below +1.5°C.

Progress is being made, but nowhere near fast enough. Current success stories from businesses, cities, regions and countries who have made concerted efforts to fundamentally adapt their actions must be emulated on a global scale without hesitation.

The full article can be found here.