The world has a narrowing window of opportunity to get on track to realize the goals of the Paris climate agreement. But leaders must act now and decisively to deliver a key set of climate actions, otherwise the possibility of a safer climate future may slip away. Accelerating progress on a suite of 24 realistic actions by 2030 can put the world on track to stay under 2°C (3.6°F) of temperature rise, and closer to a path that scientists say is needed to stay at the safer level of 1.5°C (2.7°F) of warming.
These are the findings of a major new report, “Realizing the Promise of Paris: Roadmap to a Safer Climate Future,” released by NRDC and NewClimate Institute, a well-respected research organization that analyzes climate trends and solutions.
In 2015, all countries committed through the Paris climate agreement to the goal of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C, and “pursuing efforts” to hold the increase to 1.5°C. Last year, the world’s leading body of climate scientists, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), issued a sobering report showing that 1.5°C of warming could occur sooner and with stronger impacts than previously anticipated. Leaders therefore need to take “rapid and far-reaching” action to cut emissions now in order to avoid the serious climate impacts of which the IPCC warns.
Our report provides a clear roadmap for leaders and concerned citizens to put the world on a path toward achieving the goal of the Paris agreement. The report assesses 24 practical and realistic actions to implement between now and 2030.