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Blog – Emissions Gap Report 2013

Dogs resting at midnight. Image by Mariele Neudecker

On the 5th of November, the latest Emissions Gap Report was released, in advance of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Warsaw next week. The report, involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has shown that even if countries meet their current climate pledges the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2C by 2100, as agreed upon in the UN talks of 2010, will not only diminish but create a further range of challenges. However the report concludes that it is still possible to meet the 2C target if leaders agree on more ambitious targets for 2020 and also provides methods for closing the Emissions Gap, making it seem entirely possible. Such as governments tightening rules governing their current environmental pledges, renewable energy initiatives and fossil fuel subsidy reform.

Christiana Figueres, the UN climate chief spoke of the report, saying “As we head towards Warsaw for the latest round of climate negotiations, there is a real need for increased ambition by all countries: ambition which can take countries further and faster towards bridging the emissions gap and a sustainable future for all.” So hopefully this report will have a positive impact on the outcome of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Warsaw next week.

The full report can be downloaded at




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