Climate: a few days before COP26, the UN is trying to raise awareness

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, pictured in September 2021. Fabrice COFFRINI AFP / File

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A few days before COP26 in Glasgow, and with the climate meeting's chances of success looking slim, the UN says greenhouse gas concentrations are still rising too quickly and that state commitments are failing. will not be enough to reverse the trend. 


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A one-way ticket to disaster.

A climate catastrophe.

For the past few days, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been doing everything to try to raise awareness among governments, reports our correspondent in Geneva


Jérémie Lanche

The latest report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) makes it clear that ongoing commitments to reduce greenhouse gases will not be enough to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5 ° C by 2100 .


The report shows that with current voluntary contributions from states and their other commitments, we are on track for a catastrophic rise in temperatures of around 2.7 degrees.

And even if the new announcements of recent days materialize, we will still exceed 2 degrees

 ”, warned Antonio Guterres.

Seven times less than the effort required

States parties to the Paris Agreement should normally review their voluntary contributions every 5 years.

For the moment, the emissions reduction announcements of these countries, by adding the carbon neutrality objectives of Korea and China, would lead, if they are respected, to a reduction of 7.5 in 2030. That is. seven times less than the effort required to limit warming below 2 degrees.

Among the member countries of the G20, which represent two-thirds of the world's population, only ten are on the right track to achieve the goals they have set themselves, and for seven of them, including Russia, Turkey and India, emissions are currently on a trajectory of at least 15% lower than their announcements.

To read also: Climate: the strong message of the World Meteorological Organization to the negotiators of the COP26


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