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The world is in a position to limit global heating for the first time in history, thanks to the pledges at the UN COP26 summit.

The world is in a position to limit global heating to less than 2C for the first time in history, according to an analysis of the net-zero pledges of the nations at the UN Cop26 summit.

According to the Guardian, how successful the world is at keeping the temperature under 2C depends on the nations implementing their pledges. Also, developing countries have warned that they won’t be able to implement the policies needed for this without financial and technical support.

“Achieving the pledges needed for the 2C limit was a “historic milestone” and good news, the scientists said. However, they said the bad news was that the cuts in global emissions currently planned by 2030 were way off track to keep the peak below 1.5C. That is the global goal, but currently there is less than a 10% chance of hitting that target.”

People are currently facing heatwaves, floods, and storms because of the current 1.2C of heating. If this rises to 1.5C, the consequences will be even worse. 

The scientists are optimistic and see the fact that governments have set specific targets as a huge improvement since the Paris agreement in 2015. However, it’s time for the pledges to be backed up by policies.

Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic.

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