Leading on emission cuts

Publication - 3 December, 2009
This document is a guide to the emissions commitments made by industrialised countries and explains what action is needed to ensure increases in global temperature stay below 2 degrees Celcius.

Executive summary: Industrialised countries, like the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European states, contributed the bulk of the human induced CO2 currently in the atmosphere and so bear a historic responsibility for climate change and they must take strong action to prevent it.

The science is clear - If global temperatures increase more than 2 degrees Celcius our climate risks passing a tipping point. Beyond this point, feedback loops may cause temperatures increases to accelerate beyond human control and catastrophic climate change will be inevitable, and will result in mass migration, mass starvation and mass extinction. To avert this major emission cuts are needed.

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