Climate action barometer: 12 charts explain where we are today, and where we need to be in 2020

(Eco Business, 22 Jan 2019) WRI’s Kelly Levine outlines how milestones in energy, transport, land use, industry, infrastructure and finance give governments and industries a clear roadmap to put us on a path towards achieving 1.5°C.

Countries committed under the Paris Agreement to a broad goal of limiting global temperature rise to under 2°C, ideally 1.5°C. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that half a degree of warming makes a huge difference, and 1.5°C is the safer target.

So how and where do we start to get to 1.5°C, rather than 2°C or worse? The most recent climate science shows that our most likely, least expensive option is to peak global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020 and dramatically reduce them from that point forward.

The Mission 2020 campaign defines six milestones –in energy, transport, land use, industry, infrastructure and finance – that give governments and industries a clear roadmap to put us on a path towards achieving 1.5°C. In a working paper published today, WRI found progress in some areas, but we’ll need faster action in order to achieve the 2020 turning point.

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Eco Business, 22 Jan 2019: Climate action barometer: 12 charts explain where we are today, and where we need to be in 2020