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G20 Nations Are Still Far From Reaching Paris Climate Goals

A new report from the Climate Transparency group says the world's leading economies need to cut emissions in half by 2030 to slow global warming.
Posted at 1:14 PM, Nov 14, 2018

A new report on worldwide efforts to slow global warming says key countries just aren't doing enough. 

The annual Brown to Green Report from the Climate Transparency group examines the progress G20 nations are making to reach the goals of the Paris climate agreement. 

G20 nations include many of the world's largest economies, including the U.S., Russia, China, and the European Union.

The key goal in that deal aims to cap the global temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius, and ultimately pursue a 1.5 degree increase limit. 

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the deal in 2017, but that can't actually happen till 2020. The report notes that efforts from local and state governments in the U.S. are counteracting Trump's decision and helping the country get close to meeting its emission reduction commitments.  

As of right now, the climate reduction plans from all the G20 nations would result in a global temperature increase of 3.2 degree Celsius. In order to reach the goals set in Paris, the report says everyone in the G20 would need to cut their emissions in half by 2030. 

The report said, as a whole, the world is far from reaching the benchmarks set in the Paris climate agreement. It called on every country to be more ambitious in setting individual goals, writing "major change has to come from the biggest emitters and economies, that is, the G20 countries."