Paris Agreement: National carbon targets failing

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    New study confirms only a handful of countries have enshrined Paris Agreement pledges in national legislation

    The greenhouse gas emission reduction pledges submitted under the Paris Agreement may be insufficient to deliver on the treaty’s goal of keeping temperature increases ‘well below’ 2C, but even those pledges are at risk of being missed.

    That is the stark warning contained in a new report released today by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

    The study – entitled Aligning national and international climate targets – analysed the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) domestic climate action plans put forward by signatories to the Paris Agreement.