2020 saw a record rise in the amount of the powerful greenhouse gas emitted by the fossil fuel industry, cattle, and rotting waste. Cutting it is the strongest action available to slow global heating in the near term, the UN’s environment chief said.
Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the government’s climate protection measures are insufficient to protect future generations and that the law does not explain in enough detail how greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced after 2031.
The melting of the world’s glaciers has nearly doubled in speed over the past 20 years and contributes more to sea-level rise than either the Greenland or Antarctic ice sheets, according to the most comprehensive global study of ice rivers ever undertaken.
The US has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. This new target was unveiled at a virtual summit of 40 global leaders. But the leaders of India and China made no new commitments.