EMISSIONS PLEDGES TOO WEAK TO AVERT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

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28 september 2015

Despite Pledges, Climate Action Seen Falling Short

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New York Times SEPT. 28, 2015

STOCKHOLM — The emissions pledges that countries have made ahead of a landmark conference in Paris have been a major boost to the slow-moving U.N. effort to fight climate change.

Less so for the climate itself.

With pledges to cut or curb greenhouse gas pollution on the table from all major countries except India, researchers say the world is on track for more than 2 degrees C (4 F) of warming this century.

That's a level that scientists say could result in profound and irreversible impacts on the climate system, including flooding of coastal cities and island nations, disruptions to agriculture and drinking water, and the spread of diseases and the extinction of species.

However, climate experts say that it's not game over yet, as long as the Paris agreement includes ways to step up the pace of emissions cuts over time.

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