The World May Face Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2020


Experts and scientists who have been studying effects of climate change, have warned the world that it will hit peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, as countries leaders set out to assemble in Germany next month.

Mission 2020

The group, led by former United Nations climate chief and Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres, warns about climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions in a study published in the journal Nature. The experts urge energy policymakers to implement policies to resort to the world’s 30% renewable energy by 2020 and stop using new coal-fired power plants, among other initiatives.

“There will always be those who hide their heads in the sand and ignore the global risks of climate change,” the group writes. “But there are many more of us committed to overcoming this inertia.”

The commentary in Nature comes after an April report published by the same experts, which calls itself Mission 2020, showing that they aim at keeping temperatures from climbing more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100 demonstrated in the Paris Agreement on climate change would be unattainable if emissions keep rising or even flatline after 2020.

Paris climate agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already proposed the topic and decided that it will be on the top of the list discussed in the meeting

“The European Union unconditionally stands by its agreement in Paris and will implement it speedily and with determination,” Merkel said on Thursday, according to a BBC report. “More than that: since the decision of the United States to leave the Paris climate agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.”

The experts also demonstrated in their study that a huge part of the action on climate change will take place beyond national governments and appreciated cities and municipal governments for taking a step towards the issue. “I don’t see anyone in a waiting pattern,” Figueres told TIME in an interview earlier this year. “No matter which way you look you can see that there are many different stakeholders acting because they know this is the path toward the future.”