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U.N. Warns Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit Record High in 2020

HeadlineOct 26, 2021

The United Nations said Monday that greenhouse gas levels hit a record high in 2020, with clear signs that nations are far off track from the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is Petteri Taalas, head of the World Meteorological Organization.

Petteri Taalas: “We have again broken records in main greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. … At the moment, we are heading towards 2.5 to 3 degrees warming rather than 1.5 to 2 degrees.”

Meanwhile, a new report finds wealthy nations are falling well short of their pledge to mobilize $100 billion a year to help poorer nations adapt to the climate crisis.

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