Leaders of the Group of 20 rich countries called for “meaningful and effective” action to limit global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius in a final communiqué seen by Reuters on Sunday ahead of its publication.
However, the communiqué contained few concrete actions and made no reference to a specific 2050 date to achieve net zero carbon emissions that scientists say is vital to stave off disastrous climate change.
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The final document says current national plans on how to curb emissions will have to be strengthened “if necessary” and includes a pledge to halt financing of overseas coal-fired power generation by the end of this year.
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“We recognise that the impacts of climate change at 1.5°C are much lower than at 2°C. Keeping 1.5°C within reach will require meaningful and effective actions and commitment by all countries,” the communiqué said.