World climate targets fall short

The last major countries to reveal their new greenhouse gas emissions targets ahead of global talks in Paris have submitted their plans to the United Nations – but the collective commitments still sees the world falling short of the action needed to halt global warming at relatively safe levels.

147 countries have put forward plans to the UN climate negotiations, accounting for 85 per cent of global emissions.  India, the world’s fourth-largest emitter and last big player to reveal its hand, on Friday said it would pursue a 33 to 35 per cent reduction to the emissions intensity of its economy by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The rush of pledges has built some further momentum towards the looming Paris summit later this year, where it is hoped a new long-term international climate agreement will be signed.

The Age, 3 Oct 2015: Tom Arup

Key Words: Climate Change, International
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