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Global climate protection lags far behind target

Global climate protection lags far behind target

Global climate protection efforts are lagging far behind the goal of limiting global warming to tolerable levels, according to the “State of Climate Action” report released Tuesday by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the New Climate Institute, Climate Analytics, and the Bezos Earth Foundation.

The report translates the 1.5-degree Celsius goal agreed upon in Paris in 2015 into specific targets for each industry. The results show that only global sales figures for electric vehicles are in line with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Global climate protection lags far behind target

Of the 42 metrics examined, only sales of electric vehicles are on track to meet the calculated 2030 milestone. Here are some examples from the report:

The share of solar and wind energy has grown by an average of 14 percent per year in recent years. However, 24 percent is needed to reach the 1.5 degrees Celsius target by 2030.
According to the study, the rate of coal phase-out would have to increase sevenfold. After conversion, this means that by 2030, about 240 coal-fired power plants will be retired each year.
Deforestation: from 2021 to 2022, deforestation increases from 5.4 hectares to 5.8 million hectares, roughly the size of Croatia.
Climate-damaging subsidies: despite promises to the contrary, government subsidies for oil, gas and coal jumped nearly double from 2020 to 2021, in part because of the energy crisis following Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
The authors of the report say that despite decades of urgent warnings and alarm bells, our politicians have failed to even mobilize climate protection at the necessary speed and scale.

Clare Faison of Climate Analytics says it is absurd to continue to invest heavily in gas and coal power in the face of an escalating climate crisis. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai last December, the world’s governments must agree on a fair and rapid phase-out of oil, gas and coal.

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