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Are the Copenhagen Accord pledges sufficient to limit global warming to 2 or 1.5 degrees C?
As governments prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010, a new report spells out what the pledges of the past 12 months by governments might actually mean in terms of putting the world on track to limit global temperature rises.
The report, coordinated by UNEP, is an unprecedented partnership between over 30 leading researchers at climate modeling centers and institutes in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) is included in the report.
The assessment spotlights worst case and best case scenarios up to 2020 while estimating the emissions gaps likely under various outcomes that will need to be bridged in order to avoid ‘dangerous’ climate change.
World Resources Institute Senior Associate Kelly Levin was a contributor to the report.