Greenhouse-Gas Pledges Insufficient to Combat Warming, UN Report Finds


National pledges to cut greenhouse gases by 2020 fall short of reductions needed to limit the rise in global temperatures, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Program.

Targets in the nonbinding agreement reached in Copenhagen last year would deliver about 60 percent of the cuts needed to keep the world from warming by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than in pre-industrial times, according to the study released today

The “emissions gap” needs to be discussed when about 190 nations gather in Cancun, Mexico, on Nov. 29 for two weeks of talks on climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said today in a statement. Negotiations for a treaty to fight global warming have stalled amid disagreement between rich and poor countries over how to proceed.

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