The United Nations Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that another record of greenhouse gas emissions was emitted last year, putting climate targets even further out of reach.
The warning comes less than a week before the start of the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
WMO chief Petteri Taalas has presented another annual ‘greenhouse gas bulletin’ and notes that the economic crisis due to the corona measures did not reduce emissions in 2020.
The annual increase in concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) was even higher last year than the average for the period 2011-2020.
The international goal set in Paris in 2015 to strive for a maximum temperature increase on earth of 1.5 degrees is far from being achieved in this way. “We need to rethink our industry, our energy supply, our transportation and our whole way of life,” Taalas said.