There is no sign that we are growing back greener after the pandemic, as carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly recovering and are nowhere close to reduction targets. Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere continue at record levels.
We are still significantly off-schedule to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement signed in 2015.
Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere are occurring: extreme weather events and heavy rainfall, extreme heat waves and droughts, wildfires, sea level rise, ice caps melting, loss of seasonal snow cover, retreating glaciers, thawing permafrost, loss of biodiversity, poor air quality, climate-related health hazards and fatalities.
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference #Cop26 is the last chance for humanity to prevent global temperature rises passing 1.5° C.
To have a chance of reaching the 1.5°C target, we need to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions.
We join the appeal to governments to raise their ambitions and to face up to the climate emergency NOW!