Greenhouse gas levels hit record new high, says UN

Nov 23, 2018, 07:21 IST | Agencies

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that in order to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius

Greenhouse gas levels hit record new high, says UN
In order to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, net CO2 emissions must be at net zero.Representational Image/AFP

The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN said Thursday, warning that the time to act was running out.

Ahead of the COP 24 climate summit in Poland next month, top United Nations officials are again trying to raise the pressure on governments to meet the pledge of limiting warming to the less than two degrees Celsius, enshrined in the 2015 Paris accord.

"Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth," the head of the World Meteorological Organisation Petteri Taalas said in a statement, adding, "The window of opportunity for action is almost closed."

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that in order to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, net CO2 emissions must be at net zero, meaning the amount being pumped into the atmosphere must equal the amount being removed, either naturally or technologically.

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