U.N. Admits World Likely to Miss Climate Targets Despite COVID Pause in Emissions

(PatrioticPost.com)- The United Nations reported this week that not even the COVID-19 global pandemic has been able to slow the current pace of climate change.

Right now, the UN said the world is behind in its goal to try to cut carbon emissions by a significant amount.

In 2020, the economic downturn that happened in countries across the world during the pandemic only caused a temporary decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, the World Meteorological Organization said that decrease wasn’t enough to reverse what are significantly increasing levels of greenhouses gases in our atmosphere.

Petteri Taalas, the secretary-general of the WMO, said at a recent news briefing:

“There was some thinking that the COVID lockdowns would have had a positive impact on the … atmosphere, which is not the case.”

In addition, Taalas commented that in 2021, the world is still missing its mark on building sustainability back from the worldwide pandemic, and it’s “not going in the right direction.”

The WMO recently released its United in Science 2021 Report. That document said countries that set reduction targets for various greenhouse emissions aren’t meeting those targets. In addition, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the world will not meet the aim set through the Paris Agreement that global warming would be reduced to 1.5 degrees Celsius above what was known as pre-industrial levels.

In a statement, Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, said:

“This is a critical year for climate change.” He also said the results were an “alarming appraisal of just how far off course we are.”

He continued:

“This year has seen fossil fuel emissions bounce back, greenhouse gas concentrations continuing to rise and severe human-enhanced weather events that have affected health, lives and livelihoods on every continent.”

For all of 2020 and for the first six months of 2021, the concentration of every one of the top greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continued increasing. Those emissions include carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide and methane.

The UN also said for the last five years, the average temperature across the globe was the highest it has ever been. It’s been estimated between 1.06 and 1.26 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

According to the report, there’s a 40% chance the average temperature on Earth in the next five years will be at a minimum 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than those levels.

As Guterres explained:

“Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to 1.5C will be impossible, with catastrophic consequences for people and the planet on which we depend.”

The report is widely respected as one that reports on all the latest scientific findings and data as it relates to global climate change.

Taalas concluded by saying the global pandemic was only comparable to moderate changes that would be needed to stave off climate change and the dire consequences that could come from it.