The global average temperature could rise by more than 3 ° C

(ORDO NEWS) — The global average temperature for the rest of the century could rise by more than 3 ° C, despite the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), published on Wednesday.

The economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic is expected to result in a 7% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions this year, according to the report. As noted by UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen, the expected emission reductions in 2020 will only reduce global warming by 0.01 ° C by 2050.

“Overall, we are moving towards a 3.2 ° C warmer world by the end of this century, even with the full implementation of the conditions set out in the Paris Agreement,” Andersen said in the report.

She also said that greenhouse gas emissions peaked in 2019, and this year will be the warmest on record. “Wildfires, storms and droughts continue to wreak havoc as glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate,” Andersen added.

At the same time, the report emphasizes that a green recovery from the pandemic will help reduce projected greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and move the world closer to meeting the 2 ° C target set by the Paris Climate Agreement.


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