The climate emergency: a last chance to act? – The Lancet

The world is not on track to meet the 1·5°C limit on warming, nor the 2015 Paris Agreement limit of well below 2°C. Global greenhouse gas emissions dipped by 6·4% in 2020, but have since rebounded, and country-level nationally determined contributions fall far short of the necessary targets, with few exceptions. Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, and the USA have the greatest greenhouse gas emissions. Each remains beholden to fossil fuel companies through government subsidies and excess consumption and, in Australia’s case, continually increasing exports of coal. Brazil’s emissions are linked to loss of the Amazon rainforest through clearance for agriculture, which is also causing biodiversity loss of a global magnitude and destroying Indigenous communities. Targets and declarations are futile on their own; it is actions that are needed. Source: The climate emergency: a last chance to act? – The Lancet