UN climate chief: Promises by big polluters boost Paris hopes

 UN climate chief: Promises by big polluters boost Paris hopes

FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, smiles in the U.S. Climate Action Center during the 1 of 6 FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 file picture, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Modification, smiles in the U.S. Environment Action Center during the “AMERICA’S PROMISE” and “WE ARE STILL IN” campaign at the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Martin Meissner/AP
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, foreground center, holds a sign with writing reading in Swedish 2 of 6 FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 file picture, Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg, foreground center, holds an indication with writing reading in Swedish “School Strike for Environment” as participates in a Fridays For Future protest outside the Swedish Parliament, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Jessica Gow/TT through AP, File) Jessica Gow/AP
FILE - In this Saturday, July 22, 2017, file photo, a polar bear stands on the ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The U.N.'s climate chief Patricia Espinosa says deadlines set by some of the world's top polluters to end greenhouse gas emissions, along with president-elect Joe Biden's pledge to take the United States back into the Paris accord, have boosted hopes of meeting the pact's ambitious goals. 3 of 6 FILE – In this Saturday, July 22, 2017, file image, a polar bear stands on the ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

BERLIN (AP)– The U.N.’s environment chief states deadlines set by some of the world’s leading polluters to end greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to take Washington back into the Paris accord, have improved hopes of meeting the pact’s ambitious goals.

The agreement signed in the French capital five years ago goals to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit)– ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 Fahrenheit)– compared to pre-industrial times by the end of the century. Specialists say the world is away track and that, with typical temperatures already up by about 1 C (2 Fahrenheit), drastic action is required in the next 30 years.

But the current statement by China, the world’s leading polluter, that it will phase out emissions by 2060, and pledges by Japan and South Korea to do the same a decade earlier, have actually drawn cautious optimism from climate advocates. Their hopes were further boosted by Biden’s election win previously this month and his pledge to reverse President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris arrangement.

” These announcements are truly amazing,” Patricia Espinosa, head of the U.N. environment workplace, informed The Associated Press.

Espinosa stated countries’ desire to devote to tougher emissions limitations shows that curbing worldwide warming stays a political priority– which the target embeded in Paris is a possibility.

” Science has informed us that we still have a possibility to accomplish it,” she stated. “Taking a look at these announcements, I believe that we need to be also having a lot more hop

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