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What happens if the 1.5C target for global heating is missed?

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🗞️ Driving the news: The possibility of missing the 1.5C target for global heating is a growing concern
• This target, set to limit the worst effects of climate change, is crucial, but current trends and national commitments suggest that surpassing it is likely

🔭 The context: The 1.5C target, established under the Paris Agreement, is critical for avoiding catastrophic climate impacts
• However, with escalating emissions and insufficient global efforts, the likelihood of exceeding this limit is increasing

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Surpassing the 1.5C threshold could lead to more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and loss of biodiversity
• This would have devastating effects on ecosystems, economies, and communities, particularly in vulnerable regions

⏭️ What's next: Urgent and substantial action is required to reduce emissions and enhance climate resilience
• This includes stronger commitments from nations, accelerated transition to renewable energy, and greater investment in climate adaptation

💬 One quote: “1.5C is deader than a doornail and anybody who understands the physics knows that,” (James Hansen, a former Nasa climate scientist)

📈 One stat: Current policies and actions put the world on a path to a temperature increase of around 2.7C by the end of the century, significantly above the 1.5C goal


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