Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has been attracting headline around the world for her blunt and at times confrontational message that world leaders are not taking climate change seriously enough.
In a speech to the UK parliament last week, Thunberg once again called out politicians. “This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind,” she said.
Although some countries—including the UK—have made some progress on reducing their carbon emissions, that has not been enough to offset growth elsewhere. On a global scale, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, despite two decades worth of climate agreements and pledges. At the current rate, limiting global temperature rises to within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels—which would require cutting emissions by around 50 per cent of 2017 levels by 2030, and hitting net zero emissions by 2050.
Source: Global Carbon Budget
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