World on track to reach 2°C warming by 2050, scientists warn

The Earth is on track to warm up by 2°C unless governments double their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. That’s according to a report by climate experts led by […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Earth is on track to warm up by 2°C unless governments double their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

That’s according to a report by climate experts led by Sir Robert Watson, former Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

They believe the target set in the Paris Agreement of 1.5°C of warming is “not achievable” as it could be reached by early 2030 and 2°C 20 years later even if all nationally determined contribution (NDC) pledges are fulfilled.

Countries such as the Bahamas and Ukraine have already ratified the climate deal while the UK, the US and China have announced plans to do it before the end of the year.

To stop the planet reaching 2°C of warming, scientists recommend reducing emissions quickly over the coming decades with a view to reaching net zero CO2 emissions by between 2060 and 2075.

Last year, average temperatures reached 1°C higher than pre-industrial times.

Mr Watson said: “Climate change is happening now and much faster than anticipated. While the Paris Agreement on climate change is an important step in the right direction, what is needed is a doubling or tripling of efforts. Without additional efforts by all major emitters, the 2°C target could be reached even sooner.”