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The UN Environment Programme’s latest emissions gap report is out and it makes for sobering reading. The accompanying statement includes this:
Alok Sharma, incoming COP26 President, said the report underlined why countries need to show ambitious climate action at COP26:
“As this report makes clear, if countries deliver on their 2030 NDCs and net zero commitments which have been announced by the end of September, we will be heading towards average global temperature rises of just above 2C.