Combatting
climate change

Here's why we must halve global emissions by 2030

The world has to cut emissions in half in the next ten years, yet emissions continue to rise globally. The effects of climate change are intensifying and increasingly impacting nature and humans.

 

Average global temperatures have risen by around 1.1ºC since pre-industrial times, with severe consequences for our climate. In Australia and California, changes in temperature extremes and precipitation conditions have worsened droughts and likely intensified forest fires. Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s.

 

Stopping global warming at 1.5ºC


According to climate science, global emissions need to be halved by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5ºC. Yet emissions continue to rise, with annual global greenhouse gas emissions reaching an estimated 56 gigatonnes in 2019, the highest level ever recorded and up by 43% since 2000.

Going past the threshold of 1.5ºC is likely to accelerate the release of carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, leading to a cascade of events such as the melting of permafrost, fires that turn forests from carbon sinks into carbon sources, and ocean acidification that inhibits the ability of oceans to sequester carbon.

Severe weather events will become more frequent, leading to irreparable loss of natural habitat and species as well as destruction of human habitats and infrastructure. Preserving our world will take urgent climate action.

Impacts on ecosystems from higher global average temperatures

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