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The Emissions Gap Report 2014

A UNEP Synthesis Report

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The UN Environment Emissions Gap Report assesses the latest scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas emissions and compares these with the emission levels permissible for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This difference between “where we are likely to be and where we need to be” is known as the ‘emissions gap’. The report explores some of the most important options available for countries to bridge the gap.

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Executive summary

The world is moving towards a crucial new climate agreement in 2015, which could provide the longneeded global plan to slow down climate change and enable humanity to adapt to the unavoidable part of a changing climate. While recognizing that some climate change is unavoidable, global leaders at the 2010 Cancun Climate Conference1 agreed to limit global warming to 2 °C in this century, relative to the pre-industrial period. They also decided to review this limit to see if it should be further lowered to 1.5 °C.

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