G20 Adopts `Most Ambiguous’ Climate Change Proposal Yet, Despite U.S. Departure

Existential challenge? Hold on, the G20 has agreed to an aspirational climate target for itself, the Guardian reports. Last month, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, leaving the world’s…

G20 Adopts `Most Ambiguous’ Climate Change Proposal Yet, Despite U.S. Departure

Existential challenge? Hold on, the G20 has agreed to an aspirational climate target for itself, the Guardian reports.

Last month, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, leaving the world’s most powerful nations without a concrete commitment to cut emissions. But now, a draft communique circulated ahead of the G20 summit in Argentina reveals an “existential challenge” for the world over rising temperatures.

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The draft communique of the G20 countries, which is due to be published on Friday, calls on countries to work together “to prepare and implement the rulebook” on how to reach the 1.5C target, according to a draft released to the Guardian. It is the most ambitious climate pledge in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and targets to hold global temperature rises to well below 2C.

A draft communique of the G20 countries, which is due to be published on Friday, calls on countries to work together “to prepare and implement the rulebook” on how to reach the 1.5C target, according to a draft released to the Guardian. It is the most ambitious climate pledge in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and targets to hold global temperature rises to well below 2C.

But it also casts doubt on whether the 1.5C target is possible, given that the world is already 1C (1.8F) over the warming limit — with climate-changing pollutants emissions running as much as 50% higher than a decade ago.

A new version of the document, due to be published after the summit finishes, was not immediately available.

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