The UN’s new climate warning

The world is hurtling toward between 2.6 and 2.8°C (5.04°F) of warming above preindustrial levels by 2100 barring major new steps, a UN analysis warns.

Why it matters: That’s way beyond the 1.5°C target the Paris climate agreement set to avoid the most disastrous impacts of climate change.

Driving the news: The 2022 “Emissions Gap Report,” out this morning, shows the difference between where countries’ emissions need to be to meet the Paris Agreement’s targets, and what all of their pledged emissions cuts would actually achieve.

The big picture: This year’s gap report, combined with another analysis released Wednesday, sets a sobering scene for the upcoming COP27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. There, countries will be pressed to do more to slash emissions.

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