Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

The Case for Climate

by Bonnie Wood

According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, “Current national climate plans – for all 193 Parties to the Paris Agreement taken together – would lead to a sizable increase of almost 14% in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 2010 levels. Getting to net-zero requires all governments – first and foremost the biggest emitters – to significantly strengthen their Nationally Determined Contributions and take bold, immediate steps towards reducing emissions now.”

The latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that if we are to limit global warming to around 1.5 degrees Celsius, greenhouse gas emission levels have to peak by 2025 and be reduced by a quarter by 2030. The report pointed out that it is not for a lack of money, knowledge or technology; it is politics that is standing in the way. Read more