World is in danger of missing Paris climate target, summit is warned

The Guardian

Minister tells more than 80 world leaders that not enough is being done.
The world is still not on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma warned, after a summit of more than 70 world leaders on the climate crisis ended with few new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions.

Sharma said: “[People] will ask ‘Have we done enough to put the world on track to limit warming to 1.5C and protect people and nature from the effects of climate change?’ We must be honest with ourselves – the answer to that is currently no.”

Mohamed Adow, director of climate and energy thinktank Power Shift Africa, said: “New and improved national climate pledges would be a fitting fifth birthday present for the Paris agreement, and a sign to the world’s vulnerable people that leaders are listening and acting to tackle the climate crisis… More and more countries are setting net-zero emission dates. But it’s one thing to set a net-zero date for decades into the future and another thing to enact policies right now that will get us there. That is what must be on the agenda for all countries in 2021.”

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