There's no "credible pathway" to keeping global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees celsius, says the United Nations.
Its latest Environment Report says progress on emissions has been "woefully inadequate."
As the latest @UNEP Emissions Gap report makes clear, we are headed for economy-destroying levels of global heating.
We need #ClimateAction on all fronts – and we need it now.
We must close the emissions gap before catastrophe closes in on us all.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) October 27, 2022
Today's report from the UN is called 'The Closing Window', and finds nations are falling far short of Paris Climate Goals.
It says only an urgent system-wide transformation can change the world's fate.
With existing policies around the world, annual emissions of carbon dioxide will continue to rise.
However, to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees celsius, or even 2 degrees celsius those emissions need to come down now.
Current pledges from governments will see a 2.5-degree rise - which will bring more droughts, heatwaves, storms, and extreme weather.
Ireland has legally binding emissions targets from the EU to cut them by 50% by 2030.
The State is expected to miss those targets.
The country will be fined for that - however as this report outlines - the effect on our lives of inaction will be more wide-reaching than just money.