Post COP26: does the 1.5°C climate target remain alive?

Andrew Wiltshire*, Dan Bernie, Laila Gohar, Jason Lowe, Camilla Mathison, Chris Smith

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

One of the COP26 aims was to keep 1.5°C within reach by asking countries to come forward with ambitious year 2030 emission reductions targets to further pursue the necessary action to meet the Paris climate targets. We assess the mean global temperature rise given the updated year 2030 emission pledges in the context of future emission pathways considered by the international scientific community. Overall, we find current pledges are not consistent with a likely meeting of 1.5°C this century without overshoot. Meeting the 1.5°C goal in 2100 post overshoot given the pledges remains feasible, but urgent action is required to ensure pledges are met and policies are in place for the very deep and rapid emission reductions that are required post 2030.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-417
Number of pages6
JournalWeather
Volume77
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2022

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