A new UN report measuring the progress of national action plans against the effects of the worrying climate crisis has found that while some countries are working to reduce their contribution to greenhouse gases, the overall impact is less than the planet needs. At the same time, a new survey shows unprecedented public support for more government action on the environment. The interim report prepared by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to review the progress of national climate action plans in 75 countries representing 30 percent of global emissions. Many countries have not submitted their revised plans and we have the top three carbon pollutants in the world, China, the United States and India.
For this reason, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa considers the report to be more of a snapshot than a full picture of the road ahead, and urges all remaining countries to submit their national contributions. So that a new and more detailed report can be release before the 26th session of this party conference (COP 26) which be held in Glasgow this November.
Mrs. Espinosa said in a statement, “We congratulate the parties on the challenges posed by COVID-19 in 2020, honoring their commitments under the Paris Agreement and submitting their NDCs by the deadline. Submit “.”If this work was urgent before, it is very important now.”
The ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to 1.5 °C (2.7 °F), reducing global emissions by 45 percent before 2030 compared to 2010 levels. In addition, plans to recover from the epidemic seen by many as an opportunity to further improve our society and achieve these goals. Nevertheless, the government should choose to work. “Today, the UNFCCC Interim Report is a red alert for our planet. It shows that governments are not close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, “added Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
A new survey from Cambridge University found that large numbers of adults in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States support further government action on climate change. The team interviewed 14,627 people from those countries. More than 90 percent of respondents in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Poland and the United Kingdom supported more government intervention. In the United States, the numbers were low (about 79 percent) although still a huge majority.
Dr Lee de-Wit, a political psychologist at the University of Cambridge said in a statement, “We live in a time of polarization, and environmental issues have long embodied political divisions in society. However, that could change. In large countries we see an irresistible sense of urgency for government-led larger measures to protect the environment.” “As we move closer to the COP2 approach, politicians around the world should take confidence from these inquiries. Voters across the party line want to see more government action. The time has now come.”