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New climate pledges 'far short' of meeting Paris Agreement goals, UN warns

February 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The planet is on "red alert" because governments are failing to meet their climate change goals, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday.

(CNN)The planet is on "red alert" because governments are failing to meet their climate change goals, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday.

He described 2021 as a "make or break year" following the release of a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) report analyzing the updated climate action plans submitted by 75 nations ahead of November's COP26 climate summit which found that current policies won't come close to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

It shows governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1. 5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement," said Guterres in a statement.

Despite increased efforts, the carbon reduction plans submitted to the UNFCCC fall "far short" of what is needed and show countries need to "strengthen their mitigation commitments under the Paris Agreement," according to the report.

It shows that the revised climate action plans -- which cover 40% of countries party to the 2015 Paris Agreement that account for 30% of global emissions -- would only deliver a combined emissions reduction of 0. 5% from 2010 levels by 2030.

The report is a "snapshot, not a full picture" of the individual country plans -- called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) by the UN -- because of difficulties posed by the pandemic, said the UNFCCC executive secretary, Patricia Espinosa Friday.

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