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European Union aims to go 'climate neutral' by 2050

European Union aims to go 'climate neutral' by 2050”

The new emissions report, produced and published by scientists with the UN Environment Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, confirmed carbon dioxide emissions rose in 2017 - the first time in four years. But he noted that the European Union executive had shied away from setting any new emissions targets by 2030. They are not prophesy to culminate by 2030 let aside 2020.

The increase in 2017 follows relatively stable global emissions from 2014 through 2016, a period that allowed for optimism that global greenhouse gas emissions may be peaking.

Bas Eickhout of the Greens/EFA group in the European parliament said the European Commission's proposal, which isn't binding, sends "a positive message" that saving the planet and economic growth can go hand-in-hand.

Leading economies can strengthen action by steps such as reducing fossil fuel subsidies and supporting renewable heating, while there is also potential to close the gap with wind and solar power, energy efficient appliances and cars and planting forests and preventing them being cut down.

Oxfam and its partners are already delivering humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people caught up in deadly floods, storms and droughts, made worse by climate change.

Capacity building, an important aspect of efforts to halt climate catastrophe, is expected to draw considerable attention at the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

"The positive effects on the economy, employment and health of a transition to a net-zero-emission economy are many and they are recognised by the Commission today", Jadot said. The key objective of the meeting will be to adopt an implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Australia is listed as a G20 country that will not meet its 2030 target - alongside Canada, Argentina, EU28, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United States.

The report says emissions should be reduced to 40 billion tons by 2030 to keep the global average temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius and to minimize the impacts of climate change, such as heatwaves, heavy rain and flooding.

The UNEP also warned in its annual report on the gap between national commitments and the measures needed to keep global warming within agreed limits.

The new Emissions Gap report also quantifies the potential emission reductions from sub-national governments, companies and investors.

'If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation, ' UNEP deputy executive director Joyce Msuya said in a statement. "The science is clear: for all the ambitious climate action we've seen - governments need to move faster and with greater urgency". We are feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach, ' he added.

DR GLEN PETERS, author of the UNEP report and research director of the Centre for International Climate Research, on how far behind nations are in their climate goals.

According to the United Nations report global greenhouse gas discharge could be between 13 billion and 15 billion tonnes exceeding the level required to sustain global warming within 2 degree C this century. To meet the 1.5°C limit, they would have to quintuple their efforts.

The report offers concrete ways for Governments to bridge their emissions gap, including through fiscal policy, innovative technology, non-state and subnational action, and more. A continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around 3°C by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that, according to the report findings.

This year's report records the largest gap yet between where we are and where we need to be.



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