UN report says the world is way off track to curb global warming, but offers ways to fix that
September 11, 2023
With the world far off track on its 2015 pledge to curb global warming, a new United Nations report central to upcoming climate negotiations details how quickly and deeply energy and financial systems must change to get back on a safer path.
"The window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all is rapidly closing," Friday's report warned.
The globe has to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases by 43% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels, and 60% by 2035, the report said. To get there, the report said, "the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels is required," using a phrase international climate negotiators have shied away from before. It also said phasing out the internal combustion engine would be a huge help.