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World Set to Bust Global Warming Goal, but U.N. Cool on Threat from Trump

World Set to Bust Global Warming Goal, but U.N. Cool on Threat from Trump

GENEVA - Greenhouse gas emissions are on course to be about 30 percent above the 2030 global target, but there are signs of a move away from fossil fuels that not even U.S. President Donald Trump can stop, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Trump has announced he will pull out of the Paris climate agreement under which 195 countries pledged to try to keep global warming to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times.
An annual U.N. audit of progress toward that goal showed emissions are likely to be 53.0-55.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2030, far above the 42 billion ton threshold for averting the 2 degree rise.
But U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim hailed signs of progress, with an apparent three-year plateau in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, cement production and other industrial processes, largely due to slower growth in coal use in China and the United States.

“We all know the bad news. In my view however we are at a turning point where the good news is taking precedence from the bad news," he told an event to launch the report in Geneva. (Reuters)