- In 2010-2019 average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed
- Investment in the shift to a low-carbon world is currently around six times lower than what’s required
- Limiting warming to around 1.5C will require global greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025 at the latest, and be reduced by 43 per cent by 2030
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- Methane emissions must be reduced by a third to keep global warming within reasonable limits
- Tree-planting alone will not be sufficient to capture carbon, and industrial carbon capture technologies will now be required to limit global warming
- Coal must be effectively phased out to stay within 1.5C, with current planned fossil fuel infrastructure incompatible with staying within 1.5C
The report is the third and final in the IPCC’s comprehensive review of climate science, and could be the last delivered while the planet still has a chance to avert climate catastrophe.
The report’s focus is “mitigation”, which refers to measures countries around the world need to take to limit further global warming and reduce the worst impacts of climate change.
Previous reports outlined “adaptation” – how the world can adjust to climate-related changes – and the physical science around climate change, outlining current risks.
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The report stressed that humanity has the tools available to achieve a emissions reduction of half by 2030, but that the next few years will be the last chance to do this.
“We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can secure a liveable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee.
“I am encouraged by climate action being taken in many countries. There are policies, regulations and market instruments that are proving effective. If these are scaled up and applied more widely and equitably, they can support deep emissions reductions and stimulate innovation.”