National emissions pledges would reduce global warming, say researchers
by The Canadian Press
The Climate Action Tracker group said if fully implemented the emissions targets would result in 2.7 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100
STOCKHOLM—A climate research group says carbon emissions cuts pledged by governments could rein in global warming by up to one degree Celsius by 2100.
On the Oct. 1 deadline for submitting pledges for a U.N. climate pact, the Climate Action Tracker group said if fully implemented, the emissions targets would result in 2.7 degrees Celsius of warming compared to pre-industrial times. Without those cuts, the group calculated that there would be an additional 0.5-1.1 degrees Celsius of warming.
Currently, temperatures are about 1.8 C warmer than in pre-industrial times.
A separate analysis this week by the U.S.-based Climate Interactive group projected 3.5 degrees Celsius of warming based on the current pledges.
All major carbon polluters except India submitted targets by the deadline.