The “carbon footprint” for the pollution caused by UK consumption has increased slightly, official figures show.
The Japanese government said it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 from its current levels.
Pledges made by countries to cut greenhouse gases up to 2030 make it possible to avoid dangerous climate change, but only with much bigger and expensive action in the future, a report suggests. National climate plans put forward by scores of countries to cut emissions over the next 10 to 15 years, ahead of crucial UN talks in Paris on a new climate deal, “begin to make a significant dent” in the growth of greenhouse gases, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said. But campaigners warned the promises are not bold enough, in the face of the dangerous climate change expected with global temperature rises of more than 2C, and countries will need to urgently ramp up ambition.
Dozens of environmentally-friendly mayors from around the world are set to sign a Vatican declaration urging their national leaders to approve a “bold climate agreement” to tackle global warming. A total of 60 mayors are attending a two-day climate conference at the Vatican featuring an audience with Pope Francis, whose recent environment encyclical is aimed at keeping up the pressure on world leaders ahead of Paris climate negotiations in December. The final declaration states that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity”.