From: Yale Environment 360
Published November 7, 2017 10:59 AM

Why the Post-Paris Climate Challenge Is Even Harder Than We Thought

Climate negotiators gathering in Germany this week are still flush with the success of the Paris Agreement two years ago. But as they begin assembling a rule book for ensuring that the national pledges made in Paris are fulfilled, there comes a hard dose of reality. Those pledges, which constrain greenhouse gas emissions from now to 2030, will only deliver a third of the cuts needed to put the world on track to keep warming below the promised 2 degrees Celsius.

And as for 1.5 degrees? Forget it, says a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released last week.

The Paris deal was the end of a long negotiation to find a formula for halting arguably the biggest threat to human society in the 21st century: climate change. It was a victory for climate diplomacy. But the climate responds to actions on carbon emissions, not hot air in conference halls.

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Image: Global temperature anomalies in 2016, with red representing areas that were 2 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century mean, and blue 2 degrees below the mean. NASA / NOAA

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