New research underscores the critical role of G20 countries in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and avoiding the most dangerous and costly climate impacts.
The report, compiled by Today World Resources Institute and Climate Analytics, finds that current climate commitments put the world on track for 2.4°C of warming at the end of the century. However, if you consider additional targets that governments have announced but have not yet been formally adopted, temperature rise may drop to 2.1°C.
The analysis models what would happen if G20 countries adopt 1.5°C-aligned emission reduction targets for 2030 and net-zero emissions pledges for 2050, and finds global temperature rise at the end of the century could be limited to 1.7°C.
To achieve the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C ambitious goal action by non-G20 countries is needed as well, along with greater efforts to rein in emissions from international aviation and shipping.
Mobilizing developing countries to take serious action will require developed nations to substantially ramp up financial support to fund policies and projects to curb emissions and build resilience to climate impacts.
To read the report visit: Closing the gap – G20 climate commitments to limit global temperature rise
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