Parties to the COP not on track

Pacific leaders during the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership confrence at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. Picture ATU RASEA

THE parties to the Conference of the Parties (COP) are not on track to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 1.5 Degree Celsius as agreed in the Paris Agreement.

This was revealed by Dr Morgan Wairiu, the deputy director at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) at the University of the South Pacific.

Speaking during the Climate Action Pacific Partnership meeting in Suva yesterday, Dr Wairui said scientists believed that achieving the 1.5 Degree Celsius target would foster sustainable benefits.

He said the human induced global warming continued to increase.

“If emissions continue at their present rate, human induced warming will exceed 1.5 Degree Celsius by around 2040,” he revealed.

Dr Wairiu, who is a Pacific scientific contributor working on the ‘IPCC 1.5 report’ which is expected to be released later this year said science could be influenced.

The Paris Agreement’s long-term goal is to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to limit the increase to 1.5 Degrees Celsius since this would substantially reduce the risks and effects of climate change.

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