Greenhouse gas concentrations hit record high last year, as UN warns 'we are way off track'

Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is 'way off track' in capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said, in a stark illustration of the tasks facing UN climate talks in Scotland.

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Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is 'way off track' in capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said, in a stark illustration of the tasks facing UN climate talks in Scotland.

The UN weather agency warned the current rate of increase in heat-trapping gases would result in temperature rises 'far in excess' of the 2015 Paris Agreement target and called for a 'dramatic increase' in commitments at the upcoming COP26 summit.

APWMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said the current rate of increase in heat-trapping gases would result in temperature rises "far in excess" of the 2015 Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average this century.

‘We have left it too late’: COP26 unlikely to limit warming to 1.5C, scientists warnThat is far off the 45 per cent reduction by 2030 that scientists say is needed to cap warming at 1.5 degrees and avoid its most devastating impacts.Read More"I am very worried because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need and it is touch and go, it is very, very difficult, but I think it can be done," he said.

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What gets me is these doomsdayers actually think they can control the climate & weather drivers. So Mother Nature is just irrelevant. GreenhouseGasEmissions Much like FAKE closing down sales... Jack the price up... then offer 50% discount... which is dearer than the typical price Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year when they voted to change State of Emergency Laws in Victoria. Looks like they will do the same this year.

More than half of all Afghans are facing an acute food crisis, the UN saysMore than 22 million Afghans will suffer 'acute food insecurity' this winter, UN agencies say, warning the already unstable country faces one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Not our problem any more Very sad The Afghans lived a prosperous life until the Americans set thier feet on afghan soil and destroyed everything

'We are way off track': Greenhouse gas concentrations hit record high in 2020A report by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization showed carbon dioxide levels surged in 2020, despite a temporary dip in emissions during COVID-19 lockdowns. Since 2030 targets will ultimately dictate 2050 targets, great to see our shambolic & dysfunctional federal government concentrating on the latter. 🙃 Meanwhile the media have been focused on China and Racism. Almost as if a distraction was needed. Just too scared to click it 😥

Parts of regional Queensland won't hit vaccination target before borders reopen, authorities warnActing Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy, the man in charge of Queensland's vaccination rollout, says many regions — and Indigenous communities in particular — are not moving fast enough to get the COVID jab. Oh look, the seat of Dawson (George Christensen) is lagging well behind the state in vaccinations. What a surprise. we can all be replaced with visa workers And no one cares, not even the people who may die from it

Regional Qld vaccine rates set to miss December targetLagging vaccination rates in regional Queensland will see some areas fall short of the 80 per cent milestone on December 17 which could trigger new targeted COVID restrictions. What do you expect. Before you react I grew up in regional Queensland. Country Queensland is SkyAnon Country!!?!

Nationals accept net zero target by 2050After a week of negotiations, Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told Prime Minister Scott Morrison of the outcome shortly after a meeting of the Nationals party room ended on Sunday. CroweDM katinacurtis Wrong, try the year 2030, not 2050. I don't trust one of these people.

The UN weather agency warned the current rate of increase in heat-trapping gases would result in temperature rises"far in excess" of the 2015 Paris Agreement target and called for a"dramatic increase" in commitments at the upcoming COP26 summit. Emissions from the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the suns sets, near Emmett, Kansas, United States. Source: AP Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is "way off track" in capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday in a stark illustration of the tasks facing UN climate talks in Scotland. A report by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) showed carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million in 2020, rising more than the average rate over the last decade despite a temporary dip in emissions during COVID-19 lockdowns. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said the current rate of increase in heat-trapping gases would result in temperature rises "far in excess" of the 2015 Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average this century. "We are way off track," he said. "We need to revisit our industrial, energy and transport systems and whole way of life," he added, calling for a "dramatic increase" in commitments at the COP26 conference beginning on Sunday. Read More ‘We have left it too late’: COP26 unlikely to limit warming to 1.5C, scientists warn The city of Glasgow was putting on the final touches before hosting the climate talks, which may be the world's best remaining chance to cap global warming at the 1.5 to two degrees Celsius upper limit set out in the Paris Agreement. Under countries' current pledges, global emissions would be 16 per cent higher in 2030 than they were in 2010, according to a separate analysis by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). That is far off the 45 per cent reduction by 2030 that scientists say is needed to cap warming at 1.5 degrees and avoid its most devastating impacts. "Overshooting the temperature goals will lead to a destabilised world and endless suffering, especially among those who have contributed the least to the (greenhouse gas) emissions in the atmosphere," said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. "We are nowhere near where science says we should be." Read More Five countries that could make or break the planet's future British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a news conference with children the summit was going to be "very, very tough". "I am very worried because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need and it is touch and go, it is very, very difficult, but I think it can be done," he said. The German government announced Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Glasgow to take part. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend in person. He and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to make video appearances instead. Britain is seeking support from major powers for a more radical plan to tackle global warming. Mr Johnson urged Mr Putin, for instance, to bring forward by 10 years Russia's target for achieving net zero carbon emissions, from 2060 to 2050, Mr Johnson's office said on Monday. The Kremlin said Mr Putin promised that Russia's delegation to Glasgow "will contribute to a successful work of such an important international forum". 'Source of deep frustration' The stakes for the planet are huge - among them the very survival of low-lying countries, the impact on economic livelihoods the world over and the future stability of the global financial system. Alok Sharma, the president of COP26, said developed nations are set to be three years late meeting a pledge to commit a total of $667 billion (US$500 billion) to help poorer countries tackle climate change. Rich nations vowed in 2009 to deliver $134 billion (US $100 billion) a year for five years, starting in 2020. But a plan on how to do so, prepared by Canada and Germany ahead of the summit, said the annual target would now not be met until 2023. "Understandably, this has been a source of deep frustration for developing countries," Mr Sharma told a televised news conference. Read More Australia ranked last among developed nations on climate performance and pledges Saudi Arabia's crown prince launched a Middle East Green Initiative on Monday which he said aimed to invest $13.8 billion (39 billion riyals) to reduce carbon emissions in the region and protect the environment. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Saturday that the world's top oil exporter aims to reach "net zero" emissions of greenhouse gases by 2060 - 10 years later than the United States. He also said it would double the emissions cuts it plans to achieve by 2030. Share 26 October 2021 at 7:27am Source: