UN launches push for net-zero emissions by 2050 – BBC

UN launches push for net-zero emissions by 2050 – BBC

Kevin Keane, BBC Scotland’s environment correspondent reports on global warming and Race to Net Zero Emissions. This is part of the diplomatic push to increase ambition in the lead up to the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow next November.

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BBC short film on global warming:

The piece includes a short film on global warming. To begin with, the report gives an explanation of what global warming is. Greenhouse gases stop heat escaping from the atmosphere. The earth is getting hotter, faster. That’s to say, the earth’s temperature has risen by 1°C since records began. We have seen above average temperatures every year since 1975. If temperatures go up by more than 0.5°, it could have a serious effect on the planet. Click to view the report

Business leaders, cities and investors are being urged to back a UN campaign aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Race to Zero is part of the diplomatic push to increase ambition in the lead up to the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow next November.

Nestlé and Rolls-Royce are among the first to endorse the campaign.

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa warned that the Coronavirus pandemic must not lead to delays in committing to emissions cuts. And industry “must act now”.

Alok Sharma, who is also the UK business secretary called on the international community to work together.

One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of plane engines, Rolls Royce, has committed to the campaign.

Stronger cuts

Since the pandemic took hold, greenhouse gas emissions have dropped sharply as industry and transport have been curtailed, but experts have warned that pollution will soon bounce back without climate action.

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