European Union aims for bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050


The 2018 Emissions Gap Report is published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). That analysis and a review of progress against national commitments under the Paris Agreement makes clear the current pace of national action is insufficient to meet the Paris targets. Other countries are looking at it, including the United Kingdom which has asked the Committee on Climate Change to report on the idea. The report warned that a continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around three degrees Celsius by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that. The urgency of the need to react and enact policies can not be overstated.

"The left has sequestered the environmental cause and perverted it to the point of paroxysm over the last 20 years with the ideology of climate change, climate change", he wrote.

"Over the last years, we have shown how to reduce emissions, while creating prosperity, high-quality local jobs, and improving people's quality of life".

The report predicts that climate change will have a growing economic effect to the USA infrastructure and property and is going to prevent the economy from further expanding.

Among the renewable energy sources, the highest share of net electricity generation in 2016 was from hydropower plants with 12.1 percent.

Environment ministers are generally seen as more progressive and open to working towards the Commission's more ambitious scenarios, while their energy counterparts are more sceptical about the costs involved.

Increased emissions and lagging action means the gap between what is likely to happen and what needs to be done to avoid unsafe climate change is larger this year than ever.

It is still possible to keep global warming to 2C, but the "technical feasibility" of meeting the tougher 1.5C goal is dwindling, UN Environment said. But the gap between where we are and where we need to be also grew on paper: new calculations by the UN's top science panel sharply reduce the real-world potential for drawing Carbon dioxide out of the air, whether by planting more trees or capturing and storing Carbon dioxide emitted by power plants.

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"If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation", said UNEP's Deputy Executive Director Joyce Msuya.

"The problem, as the science here is telling us, is that we're not making the change almost as quickly as we need to", Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, wrote in the report.

But - while they all signed up in Paris for a plan to try to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial temperatures - the EU's members are not united on strategy. That system provides taxpayer-funded incentives to businesses, farmers and land holders to adopt environmentally friendly practices and technologies, but critics say it has allowed emissions to rise.

Under the plan, emissions of greenhouse gases after that date would have to be offset by planting trees or by burying the gases underground.

The UN emissions gap study also showed that the majority of rich countries are not on track to meet their carbon cutting commitments by 2030.

The strategic vision will be centered on energy, but includes sectors such as buildings, transport, industry, agriculture and wider use of land.

Combined with increased land clearing, it's these areas where there is the greatest room for emissions reduction, according to Professor Newman.

"We will soon see a large enough minority of significant economies moving decisively in the right direction", said Rockstrom.