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The COP 26 in Glasgow is quickly approaching, yet global action to mitigate climate change remains far from sufficient, according to a recent report.
Almost every country analyzed by Climate Action Tracker, which measures countries’ climate actions toward Paris Agreement targets, falls short in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and policies. It highlights 2030 as a key deadline when global emissions must be cut by 50 percent in order for the world to remain within 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming.
Every developed country also falls short of its commitment to provide developing countries – which have historically contributed little to the current climate crisis – with the financial support needed to mitigate climate change.
Here are some key findings revealed by the report:
The report also pinpoints other challenges toward achieving the Paris Agreement. Reliance on coal remains a major issue in Asia, and many other countries trying to limit coal are switching to natural gas, even though it too is a fossil fuel.
While the E.U. has set an ambitious target of reducing its emissions 55 percent by 2030, it remains reliant on member countries to implement this goal.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., President Biden’s climate proposals would be a major step in reducing emissions by the world’s second largest carbon emitter, but it is uncertain whether this legislation can pass its divided Congress.
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