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IPCC report of 2018: halve emissions by 2030

The latest IPCC (SR15) report indicates that global greenhouse gas emissions need to be halved by 2030.

The SR15 report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018. (The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.)

Some key excerpts are:
  • "limiting global warming to 1.5C would require 'rapid and far-reaching' transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities"

  • "emissions of CO2 would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching 'net zero' around 2050."

  • "The next few years are probably the most important in our history".

  • limiting global warming to 1.5C rather than 2 would reduce the effects of climate change, for example loss of coral reefs would be virtually complete at 2, but 10-30% would survive at 1.5.


First published: Feb 2019
Last updated: 10 Nov 2019