The world is missing its lofty climate targets. Time for some realism

Global warming cannot be limited to 1.5 deg C

TO ACCEPT that the world's average temperature might rise by more than 1.5 degree C, declared the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands in 2015, would be to sign the "death warrant" of small, low-lying countries such as his. To widespread surprise, the grandees who met in Paris that year, at a climate conference like the one starting in Egypt on Sunday (Nov 6), accepted his argument. They enshrined the goal of limiting global warming to about 1.5 deg C in the Paris agreement, which sought to co-ordinate national efforts to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.

No one remembered to tell the firing squad, however. The same countries that piously signed the Paris agreement have not cut their emissions...



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