More specifically, the report states that: "Communities, governments, and businesses are working to reduce risks from and costs associated with climate change by taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions and implement adaptation strategies". In January 2017, China's energy regulator ordered 11 provinces to stop over 100 coal-fired power projects, with a total installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, but the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions gap is still widening. They are not prophesy to culminate by 2030 let aside 2020.
The European Union on Wednesday unveiled a long-term vision for combating climate change under which the bloc wants to be the world's first major economy to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050.
Leading economies can strengthen action by steps such as reducing fossil fuel subsidies and supporting renewable heating, while there is also potential to close the gap with wind and solar power, energy efficient appliances and cars and planting forests and preventing them being cut down. Thus, the climate shifted to targets further away. "At USD $70 per ton of CO2, emission reductions of up to 40 percent are possible in some countries".
The 24 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) is going to kick off next week in Katowice, Poland but the U.S. stance together with the latest draft communique from G20 is not promising and may weaken the fate of the Paris Agreement.
That verdict is likely to weigh heavily on discussions during a United Nations climate meeting that starts in Poland next week, where countries are scheduled to discuss how well they are, or are not, living up to the goals set in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord. In order to avoid most risky climate change effects.
The U.S. report connects climate change to increasing water scarcity and drought, worsening storms, deadly wildfires and greater exposure to tropical diseases across the United States.
UN Environment deputy executive director Joyce Msuya said: "If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation".
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The UNEP also warned in its annual report on the gap between national commitments and the measures needed to keep global warming within agreed limits.
"The need for urgent and adequate action on climate change has been highlighted by the recent Special report on 1.5°C of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)", said ACP Secretary General Dr Patrick I Gomes. 'But that does not mean that to reduce emissions, we should sacrifice the livelihoods of Europeans.
Increased emissions and lagging action means the gap published in this year's report is larger than ever.
A 3.2 degree warmer world by the end of this century would bring about numerous dire consequences for human health, global economies and sea level rise that are projected from the "higher-emission" scenarios (also known as worst-case scenarios).
It hopes to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2°C (3.6ºF) 'and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F)'.
"Governments meeting in Poland must cut emissions faster and further and developed countries must set out how they will mobilise the $100 billion a year they have promised to support climate action in poor countries", added Hite. A continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around 3°C by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that, according to the report findings. "Of course, we want the Paris Agreement to be mentioned, but we want it to be mentioned, encompassing everyone, albeit in an ambiguous way", he said.