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EU should aim for net-zero emissions by 2040 to fight global warming

viernes, 13 de julio de 2018 | Trading

Keeping global temperature rise to 1.5°C is critical – and still possible. But it means the EU should aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, writes Andrea Kohl.

Andrea Kohl is the director of the WWF’s European Policy Office.

Our world is currently experiencing 1°C of global warming. Extreme weather is ripping across the planet, breaking temperature records across the northern hemisphere in recent weeks, and triggering everything from flooding and snow in wintry South Africa and torrential rainfall in Japan to a devastating heatwave in North America.

In Paris in 2015, 195 states signed an agreement committing to keep global warming “well below 2°C” and work towards 1.5°C. If we are already experiencing such dangerous impacts with a 1°C rise, a 2°C temperature rise will be far, far worse.

Such a temperature rise could easily cost us all our tropical coral reefs, the millions of species they provide a home for and a billion people’s livelihoods. It will ramp up the risks of drought, water scarcity and storms. It will destroy crops and biodiversity, give a helping hand to diseases like malaria, and raise sea levels by as much as 10 cm. It will cost us tens of trillions of dollars in damages.

It is clear that we must do everything we can to avoid this devastation, to ensure temperatures do not increase past the 1.5°C goal. In the EU, the European Commission must ensure the long-term climate strategy it is working on, which is potentially due out in November, is consistent with this objective.

This means in WWF’s view that to take a meaningful step towards that 1.5°C target, the EU as a whole must aim to reach zero net emissions by 2040.

 

 

Source: Euractiv