Emissions Gap Report 2020: Where we are & where we should be to avoid catastrophe


  • The United Nations Environment Programme has released their Emissions Gap Report for 2020, highlighting where greenhouse gas predictions for 2030 are and how the world can avoid climate disaster
  • Currently, the world is headed for temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century and 2020 has likely to be the warmest year on record
  • Around 126 countries covering 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions had adopted, announced or were considering net-zero goals at the time this report was written, signifying that various countries are attempting to do their part to reduce emissions
  • Governments must go greener in the next stage of COVID-19 fiscal interventions to kick-start faster action on climate change

Scientists are increasingly warning that to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change, the world’s governments must implement policies for massive greenhouse gas emissions reductions and begin a drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere within ten years. With 9 of 15 global tipping points now active, what we do today can either unleash an inhospitable hothouse Earth or secure a safe climate well into the future. For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.

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Unexpected surge in methane emissions has scientists worried

from Climate Nexus


There is a noticeable global surge in methane emissions with the U.S. accounting for the largest source of growth.  If this trend continues, all progress made towards reaching Paris Agreement climate goals will be lost. 

  • Though tropical wetlands may play a role, scientists agree that large methane emissions are from the production and distribution of natural gas
  • Scientists agree the most practical option to mitigating these emissions is through ending gas leaks and venting
  • Fossil-fuel methane emissions account for roughly 34% of total anthropogenic emissions, which in turn account for as much as 60% of total methane emissions
  • In the United States, the natural gas and petroleum system is the largest source of methane emissions and recent analysis suggests that U.S. methane emissions from this industry have increased over the last 10 years at 3.4% per year– about 40% over the decade
  • The International Energy Agency estimates that the global oil and gas industry is capable of reducing its emissions by 75% and 40-50% of these emissions reductions can be made at zero net cost

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign includes steps to get to 100% clean energy.  

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