On 8 November 2013, the Government updated its web page on what it is doing about climate change internationally. This is what they said:
If the global average temperature rises more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, significant negative impacts of climate change will be more likely and the cost of managing them will rise sharply.
The industrial revolution led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity. The Earth’s surface has consequently warmed by about 0.8°C since around 1900, with much of this warming occurring in the past 50 years.
To have a 50% chance of keeping climate change to within 2°C of pre-industrial levels, global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak before 2020 and then decline steeply. The UK can’t make this happen on its own - the government has to work at an international level to make sure all countries do what is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- encouraging the EU to demonstrate leadership on climate change
- negotiating for a comprehensive global climate change agreement
- reducing the impact of climate change in developing countries and the overseas territories
- providing £3.87 billion through the International Climate Fund to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change
- financially supporting developing countries through REDD+ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
- leading the diplomatic effort to mitigate climate change"
- building an evidence base to understand and predict climate change