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The Truth Behind the Climate Pledges

November, 2019

Main messages of the press release:

  • Almost 75 percent of 184 Paris Agreement pledges were judged insufficient to slow climate change
  • Only 28 European Union nations & 7 others will reduce emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030
  • China & India, top emitters, will reduce emissions intensity, but their emissions will increase
  • U.S., second top emitter, has reversed key national policies to combat climate change
  • Almost 70 percent of the pledges rely on funding from wealthy nations for their implementation

Reach: 1.7 billion people globally. See the detailed Media Report

Examples of media coverage:

TIME (December 3, 2019): World Remains Sharply Divided on Climate Change Targets Ahead of ‘Crucial 12 Months’

The Guardian (November 5, 2019): Most countries’ climate plans ‘totally inadequate’ – experts

Reuters (November 5, 2019): Scientists urge stronger Paris Agreement pledges to curb climate change

Newsweek (November 5, 2019): ‘Too Little, Too Late’: Just 36 Countries Have Made Paris Agreement Pledges That Could Slow Climate Change

Euronews (November 6, 2019): Most countries’ climate targets ‘totally insufficient’ — study

National Geographic (November 5, 2019): Most countries aren’t hitting 2030 climate goals, and everyone will pay the price

El Pais, Spain (November 5, 2019): Solo el 20% de los países están en la senda para cumplir con el Acuerdo de París

Agence France Presse (November 5, 2019): Paris climate pledges ‘too little, too late’: report

Die Welt, Germany (November 5, 2019): Bericht: Klimaschutz-Pläne weltweit meist unzureichend

Fædrelandsvennen, Norway (November 11, 2019): Det haster med positiv klimapolitikk

Le Devoir, Canada (November 5, 2019): L’Accord de Paris sur le climat toujours peu respecté

Deutsche Welle (November 5, 2019): El Acuerdo de París es insuficiente para frenar crisis climática, según informe

Kleine Zeitung, Austria (November 6, 2019): Großteil der Klimaschutz-Pläne weltweit ist unzureichend

Estado de Minas, Brazil (November 6, 2019): Estudo alerta para insuficiência de promessas contra aquecimento global

South China Morning Post, China (November 6, 2019): ‘Climate emergency’ declared by 11,000 scientists as they warn of ‘untold suffering’ if urgent action not taken

The Telegraph, India (November 6, 2019): 75% climate pledges fall short: Researchers

The Economic Case for Climate Action in the United States

September, 2017

Main messages of the press release:

  • Economic losses from weather events intensified by climate change and health costs due fossil fuel burning will reach, on average, $360 billion a year or a $1 billion a day in the next decade. That equals about half of the growth of the U.S. economy.
  • These escalating costs are due to the continued use of fossil fuels triggering the climate to continue to change.
  • Climate action outweigh the escalating economic losses and costs

Reach: 500 million people globally.

Examples of media coverage

Newsweek (October 17, 2018): Donald Trump Says He Has ‘Natural Instinct for Science’ While Challenging Climate Change Research

USA TodayEditorial (July 30, 2018): A hellish July validates climate change forecasts

Vox (July 29, 2018): Heat waves can be deadly for workers and will drain the US economy

Fortune (January 25, 2018): The Number of Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in the U.S. Is Surging

The Washington Post (January 8, 2018):  Extreme hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record

Bloomberg News (September 27, 2017): Climate Shocks May Cost US $1 Billion a Day

Reuters (September 27, 2017): Weather extremes, fossil fuel pollution cost US $240 bln – study

National Geographic (September 27, 2017): Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year

Der Spiegel, Germany (September 27, 2017):USA: Klimawandel kostet US-Wirtschaft 360 Milliarden Dollar im Jahr

Science Update – American Association for the Advancement of Science, United States (October 3, 2017): Economics of Climate Change

Daily Mail, UK (September 27, 2017): Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report

Le Figaro, France (September 27, 2017): Un impact sur la croissance américaine

Cronista, Argentina (September 27, 2017): EE.UU. perdería u$s 360.000 millones anuales por cambio climático

The Truth About Climate Change

September, 2016

Main messages of the press release:

  • Global Temperature Could Reach the 2ºC Threshold by 2050
  • Pledges by 189 nations are inadequate to slow climate change
  • Without additional action and advanced technologies, global emissions are expected to be 33 percent above the 2ºC pathway in 2030

Reach: 1.2 billion people globally. See the detailed Media Report

Examples of media coverage

Associated Press (US), September 29, 2016: Scientists: World likely won’t avoid dangerous warming mark.

Reuters (UK), September 29, 2016: Global warming to breach 2C limit by 2050 unless tougher action: study and October 3, 2016: Paris climate accord to go into force – but faces test of enforcement.

Agence France-Presse (France), September 29, 2016: Réchauffement: la hausse des températures s’emballe, préviennent des climatologues and Global warming set to pass 2°C threshold in 2050, report warns –also in French, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

The Washington Post (US), September 29, 2016: As Trump denies climate change, scientists fear we’re about to blow past the 2-degree red line, and October 4, 2016: The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the hard part.

Le Monde (France) – Editorial, October 3, 2016: La bonne nouvelle de l’accord sur le climat.

The Independent (UK), September 29, 2016: Most people alive today set to witness dangerous global warming in their lifetime, scientists warn.

Le Figaro (France), September 30, 2016: Climat: l’accélération du réchauffement dépasse toutes les prévisions.

Democracy Now! (US), October 6, 2016: Where is Climate Change in the Debates?

Klimaretter (Germany), October 6, 2016: 1,5 Grad “fast sicher” nicht zu schaffen

Climate Policy Observer (Italy), September 30, 2016: Paris pledges not enough, additional action needed to slow climate change: top scientists

Voice of America (US), September 30, 2016: Report: Floods, Droughts, Storms Likely to Increase Sharply in Future.

The Boston Globe (US), September 29, 2016: Scientists say more work is needed to slow global warming.

Climate News Network (UK), 30 September, 2016: Climate warnings masked by propaganda.

Deutsche Welle (Germany), September 29, 2016: Planeta estará 2°C mais quente já em 2050, diz estudo.

La Nación (Argentina), September 30, 2016: Cambio climático: científicos reclaman “actuar ya” para evitar efectos más graves.

El País (Spain): September 29, 2016: Un panel de expertos defiende que el pacto climático de París es insuficiente.

O Globo (Brazil), September 30, 2016: Meta proposta em Acordo de Paris é insuficiente, dizem cientistas.

Truthdig (US):  October 8, 2016: Truthdigger of the Week: Sir Robert Watson and his colleagues at the Universal Ecological Fund.

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