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World needs improved plan on climate crisis as Paris pact starts

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14.01.2020

This is the first year when countries are required by the Paris climate agreement to unveil new plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions under five-yearly cycles of global stocktaking.

Each nation is required every five years to develop its own emissions reduction plans to "reflect its highest possible ambition.”

The world has to step up their efforts to stop harmful climate change under the new international framework.

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and concentrations are currently at the highest levels in human history, causing more and more extreme weather events and natural disasters all over the planet. It would be no exaggeration to say that the world is facing a “climate crisis.”

The world is already 1 degree warmer than at the onset of the Industrial Revolution. The Paris Agreement is aimed at reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases deeply enough to prevent global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and calls for efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

To achieve the goal, planet-warming CO2 emissions need to be reduced to net zero as soon as possible. Each country needs to make a renewed determination to set out on bold reforms required to make that happen.

EFFORTS BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, BUSINESSES

In the minister’s office in the Environment Ministry, a large map of Japan is put up. A small red sticker is put on 33 locations on the map, from the northern Tohoku region to Kyushu, the nation’s southernmost main island. Each indicates a local government that has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050.

Each of these local governments has started taking its own specific steps to hit the target.

Last year, Yokohama reached an agreement to buy electricity generated with renewable energy sources in 12 municipalities in the Tohoku region and supply the power to businesses and families in the city. The program has already been partially launched.

Since there is only limited space in Yokohama for solar........

© The Asahi Shimbun