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UN: No sign of emissions peak in sight, action must be taken

Last Updated Nov 27, 2018 at 8:02 am PDT

FILE: The steel mills on the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Canada's push to be a world leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by its distinction for producing the most greenhouse gas emissions per person among the world's 20 largest economies.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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The UN warns the gap is widening between current greenhouse gas emissions and levels needed to stop global warming

BERLIN — The United Nations environment office is warning that the gap is widening between current greenhouse gas emissions and the levels needed to stop catastrophic global warming.

In a report released Tuesday in Paris , the agency said global emissions of heat-trapping gas such as carbon dioxide “show no signs of peaking.” It said in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this century, emissions need to drop 55 per cent by 2030 compared to 2017 levels.

The report urges countries to put forward more ambitious national targets for cutting greenhouse gases. It suggests carbon pricing to deter heavy polluters. It also suggests backing innovation and helping low-income households to boost emissions reductions and ensure they’re socially acceptable.

The report was released ahead of global climate talks starting in Katowice, Poland, on Dec. 2.