World set to exceed global warming limit1 min read . Updated: 11 Jun 2013, 12:43 AM IST
Global temperatures are on track to rise by more than double the two-degree warming goal set by the UN
Paris: Global temperatures are on track to rise by more than double the two-degree warming goal set by the UN unless urgent measures are taken, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Monday.
“The path we are currently on is more likely to result in a temperature increase of between 3.6 and 5.3 C," IEA chief Maria van der Hoeven said in presenting a new report on greenhouse gases.
The United Nations is targeting a global average temperature rise of 2C from pre-industrial levels for what scientists believe would be manageable climate change, avoiding worst-case-scenario increases in droughts, storms, floods and sea level rises.
Last month, the level of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere breached a threshold of 400 parts per million—a level never before experienced by humans and considered the absolute maximum for the two-degree target to remain within reach.