- September 17, 2021
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Environment
Context – UN says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions
- The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations said.
- The virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary downturn in CO2 emissions last year and it was not enough to reverse the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said.
- Reduction targets are not being met and there is a rising likelihood the world will miss its Paris Agreement target of reducing global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the WMO said in its United in Science 2021 Report.
- The United in Science 2021 report presents the latest scientific data and findings related to climate change.
- Concentrations in the atmosphere of the major greenhouse gases – CO2, methane and nitrous oxide – continued to increase in 2020 and the first half of 2021, the UN said.
- The average global temperature for the past five years was among the highest on record, estimated at 1.06C to 1.26C above pre-industrial levels. There is now a 40% chance that average global temperature in one of the next five years will be at least 1.5C warmer than pre-industrial levels, the report said.