Three nations in every four that vowed in the global climate treaty, the Paris Agreement, to contain global heating to “well below” 2°C by the century’s end have failed to deliver pledges that will reduce emissions by even 40% by 2030. In Paris in 2015, a total of 195 nations agreed that action was vital. Since then only 36 countries have taken steps to meet the targets they agreed, according to a new study by the Universal Ecological Fund. And one nation has announced that it will withdraw altogether from the agreement. “The comprehensive examination found that with few exceptions, the pledges of the rich, middle income and poor countries are insufficient to address climate change,” said Sir Robert Watson, once chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was present at the Paris meeting, and co-author of the study. “Simply, the pledges are far too little, too late.
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Donald Trump’s climate change denial is “so extreme” it is helping to galvanise the environmental movement, Greta Thunberg has said. The US president’s wholesale rejection of climate science may force people to “wake up” about the global warming crisis, the teenage activist suggested. “He’s so extreme and he says so extreme things, so I think people wake up by that in a way,” she told AFP news agency.
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