States and companies are not doing enough to combat climate change within the framework of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in a report on the “Gap in the emission level,” Interfax reports.
If companies and states fully comply with their promises to combat harmful emissions, the world’s temperature will rise by 3 degrees Celsius by 2100, the report said. At the same time, one of the objectives of the Paris Agreement is to keep the temperature rise below 2 degrees.
“A year after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, we are still not doing enough to save hundreds of millions of people from an unhappy future,” said UNEP head Eric Solheim.
The authors of the report note that States will need to do much more in 2020 when the countries’ obligations to reduce harmful emissions will be reviewed. If the US retains its intention to withdraw from the agreement by 2020, “the situation may become even more grim.”
Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the country from the Paris agreement on climate, which caused criticism in the world. At the same time, the UN notes that carbon dioxide emissions remain at a stable level since 2014, in particular through the use of renewable energy sources.
The report of the World Meteorological Organization, circulated on Monday, however, said that in 2016, a record high content of carbon dioxide was recorded in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The agreement on combating climate change was prepared in Paris in 2015, and was signed in April 2016 at the UN headquarters in New York. Signatures then under the document were put by representatives of more than 170 countries, including the USA, China and Russia.