EU must deliver on expectations at UN climate talks

Climate change is hitting the Arctic faster and harder than previously thought, according to a new WWF report. © WWFBrussels, Belgium

Government climate negotiators are in Katowice, Poland this week to join the 24th UN climate talks, hot on the heels of a number of reports just released which set the scene for catastrophic climate impacts without urgent, scaled up climate action.

Simply, the gap between current levels of climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what we still need to do is laid bare in the 2018 Emissions Gap Report, in the World Meteorological Organization's provisional statement on the state of the climate 2018 report, and in the IPCC's landmark special report on 1.5℃ of global warming.

The Commission's plan, released last week, to make the EU carbon neutral is a vital step to respond to the climate crisis. To consolidate this effort, and to further reduce the risk of overshooting 1.5°C global warming, WWF believes the EU needs to revise its NDC by 2020, to match the ambitions in its proposed long-term climate strategy of moving towards a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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