In late November 2018, the United Nations released their latest Emissions Gap Report, an annual "assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement" on climate change. The "emissions gap" refers to the gap between the planet's likely emissions levels by 2030 based on our current trajectory compared to the levels necessary to meet the global warming targets laid out by the Paris Agreement. Here, readers can view an interactive summary of the report's major findings presented through a combination of text, photos, and graphics. In concise visual terms, this summary explains "What will happen to global greenhouse gas emissions if countries keep all of their climate promises? And what will happen if countries fall short?" It also shows which countries are on track to meet their targets and which are not, while noting that "[t]here is an enormous gap between what we need to do and what we're actually doing to prevent dangerous levels of climate change." Readers interested in learning the details of the 2018 Emissions Gap Report can follow the download link to access the full report as a PDF or an ebook, as well as multiple supplementary downloads.
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