The first assessment of countries’ pledges to tackle climate change in the next decade, an important part of the Paris Agreement, has found that the effort “falls far short” of what is necessary to fight climate change. 

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The UN secretary general, António Guterres, says, “2021 is a make-or-break year to confront the global climate emergency. Today’s interim report is a red alert for our planet. It shows governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. The major emitters must step up with much more ambitious reduction targets for 2030 in their NDCs well before the November conference in Glasgow.”

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