World falling behind in climate battle: UN report

A giant image of approximately 2,500 sq m and made of contributions from over 125,000 postcards containing messages aiming to fight climate change and global warming, is seen on the Aletsch glacier near the Jungfraujoch saddle by the Jungfrau peak, S
A giant image of approximately 2,500 sq m and made of contributions from over 125,000 postcards containing messages aiming to fight climate change and global warming, is seen on the Aletsch glacier near the Jungfraujoch saddle by the Jungfrau peak, Switzerland.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PARIS • Humanity is falling further behind in the race against climate change, with the gap between greenhouse gas emissions and levels needed to achieve the Paris climate treaty temperature goals continuing to widen, the UN Environment Programme's "emissions gap" report has found.

With only a single degree Celsius of warming so far, the world has seen a crescendo of deadly wildfires, heatwaves and hurricanes.

In a push for more ambitious action on the environment, the European Union - responsible for 10 per cent of global emissions - has set a 2050 perspective to help give direction to member states, companies and citizens to anticipate costs in fighting temperature increases.

Meanwhile, Japan's Cabinet has approved a climate change adaptation plan aimed at countering the dangers caused by global warming, including disasters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2018, with the headline 'World falling behind in climate battle: UN report'. Print Edition | Subscribe