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Global Warming: Paris pledge ignored. Temps to rise above 3 degrees celsius

For all the talk - put that down to the yak-yak of politicians and the opportunity to attend international forums and conferences (aka as junkets) - today comes news that we are headed to global warming to top 3 degrees celsius.      Yet again the experts have been ignored!   And the powers-that-be sit on their collective hands.

CommonDreams reports in  "Despite Paris Climate Pledge, Planet on Track to Surpass 3°C Temperature Rise' - After 24 years of negotiations we are hurtling towards a 3.5 degree world, which will be catastrophic for millions'"

"Global warming is on track to top 3° Celsius, the United Nations warned this week, because today's climate pledges are "not nearly enough" to prevent dangerous levels of warming.

That's according the latest annual "Emissions Gap Report" (pdf) from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which concluded that pledges to cut emissions will result in a global temperature rise of 3.4ºC above pre-industrial levels, far above the 2º limit and 1.5º goal agreed to under last year's Paris climate accord.

"Current commitments will reduce emissions by no more than a third of the levels required by 2030 to avert disaster," two UNEP leaders warn in the report's introduction.

"This is a stark warning that cannot be ignored—tougher action on climate change is urgently needed to prevent the world speeding towards catastrophe," Asad Rehman, a climate campaigner with Friends of the Earth (FOE) International, told the Guardian. "Governments are drinking in the 'last chance saloon' if the lofty goals of the Paris climate agreement are to be met."


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"If international leaders fail to step up, UNEP warns, "we will mourn the loss of biodiversity and natural resources. We will regret the economic fallout. Most of all, we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy; the growing numbers of climate refugees hit by hunger, poverty, illness and conflict will be a constant reminder of our failure to deliver."

"None of this will be the result of bad weather. It will be the result of bad choices by governments, private sector, and individual citizens," the agency heads note. "Because there are choices."



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