The UN just released a report that we aren't doing enough to cut our carbon emissions to reverse or even slow down global warming. They did say that the countries that pledges to cut their emissions have started off well, but it just isn't enough.
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The UN Environment Program’s sixth "Emissions Gap" report says that the efforts aren't enough to stop the increase in global temperatures. The hope was that we could limit the rise to just two degrees Celsius this century, but we are currently on track to see them rise three degrees by 2100.
Despite the discouraging research, the UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, says that there are still things to applaud:
“That historic breakthrough is, simply put, the fact that we now have a commitment that you can soon describe as universal action to address the challenge of global warming and of climate change,” he said.
More than 150 countries have pledged their efforts to climate change, which is a huge number compared to past years. These 150 countries cover about 90% of the world's emissions, according to the Voice of America.
“What we are addressing this morning is not simply a status-quo scenario," he said. "We are beginning to bend the curve, but ... it is not yet enough. It is probably halfway toward what we do need to achieve on a longer term trajectory, which we in UNEP, based on the work of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) still refer to as a 'net zero emissions future' somewhere in the second half of this century.”
Zero net emissions can be achieved if the carbon released into the atmosphere is equal to the amount of carbon credits that make up the difference. The goal is to reach zero net emissions between 2060 and 2075, which would help slow down global warming.
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The report says that it will become easier to decrease the carbon emissions if we have a low-carbon economy in place by 2030.