UN Conference on Climate Change – COP21
Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and Energy2050 will share their expertise on food security and sustainable energy to help the Heads of State secure a new global deal to prevent global temperatures going more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels.
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The governments of more than 190 nations will gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change. Current commitments on greenhouse gas emissions run out in 2020, so now a new agreement is expected to be reached.
- The EU will cut its emissions by 40%, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030.
- The US will cut its emissions by 26% to 28%, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025.
- China will agree that its emissions will peak by 2030.
- Other major countries, including India, have yet to come up with their targets – known in the UN jargon as INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) – despite being asked to meet a deadline at the end of March.
The UN is also pressing world governments to produce a set of “sustainable development goals” this autumn, which will take over from the millennium development goals that were pegged to 2015. These will include issues such as access to clean water and sanitation, access to energy, gender equality, education and health. Those SDGs will have a profound effect on whether the world can meet its climate change targets, and meet them in an equitable fashion that allows poor countries to lift their citizens out of poverty while not passing climate thresholds. (Source and more info)
The World Wide Views on Climate and Energy project initiated by the UNFCCC secretariat, the French National Commission for Public Debate, the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Missions Publiques, with the support of the French Government, engaged 10,000 citizens making it the largest global citizen consultation ever on climate change and energy.
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