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IPCC report of 2018: halve emissions by 2030

The latest UN (IPCC) report indicates that we need to halve greenhouse gas emissions 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 1.5 degrees C rather than 2 degrees would reduce the effects of climate change, for example loss of coral reefs would be virtually complete at 2 degrees, but 10-30% would survive at 1.5 degrees.

  • See the press release here
  • See the headline statements here
  • See the summary for policymakers here


Last updated: 27 Feb 2019