Joining the global race to resilience against climate change

27th Jan, 2021

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In order to reach the globally agreed atmospheric temperature target of staying below 1.5 Degrees Centigrade, all the countries in the world have embarked on a race to reach net zero emissions of greenhouse gases as early as possible. For example, China has agreed to a target year of 2060, the European Union has chosen 2050 and we are waiting to see what year the new Biden administration will choose. However, it is interesting to note that California, which is the eighth biggest economy in the world, has chosen 2045 as its target year, so it is quite possible for President Biden to also choose that year. Finally, it is important to note that the nearly 50 developing countries in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), currently led by Bangladesh, have decided to shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, and Costa Rica has said it will achieve the target before 2030.

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