Developed nations threaten to consume more than their fair share of Earth’s dwindling carbon budget.
At current levels of emissions, there is a 50% chance the planet will reach the 1.5℃ global average temperature rise in just nine years.
England’s housing strategy will consume our entire carbon budget by 2050 – there are alternatives, but they face political and economic barriers.
The environmental footprint of the fashion industry is rising rapidly. Drastic changes are needed to make the sector more sustainable and equitable.
The clock tracks global emissions and temperature data, and uses the most recent five-year emissions trend to estimate how much time is left until global warming reaches the 1.5 C threshold.
Most concerning is the long-term upward trends of CO₂ emissions form burning fossil fuels, which are far from trending towards net-zero by 2050.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is poised to announce Australia will adopt a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But it’s too little, too late.
Our new study reveals how tight the world’s remaining carbon budget is.
What might sound like small changes – temperatures another tenth of a degree warmer, sea level a few centimeters higher – have big consequences for the world around us.
Consider Ireland. Like New Zealand, it has high agricultural emissions and a poor climate track record so far, but it has adopted much stronger targets to cut emissions by 51% between 2018 and 2030.
New research indicates that people in urban areas, on average, have the smallest carbon footprints, and those living in the suburbs the highest.
Electric cars are being touted as the best way to reduce emissions from transport. But a climate policy that relies on individuals paying for new technology runs the risk of aggravating inequities.
The Climate Change Commission releases New Zealand’s first comprehensive plan to cut emissions, calling on the government to “pick up the pace”.
Several countries have made pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. But new research finds the remaining carbon budget will be depleted before we get there.
The Paris Agreement set countries on a path to limit global warming. Five years on, some progress has been made, but not enough. Decarbonizing the economy will take leadership and imagination.
‘Carbon sinks’ like forests and the soil have already been factored into the carbon budget – they should not be double-counted.
Canada isn’t on track to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. We need a clear plan — and soon.
Simple maths reveals Labor’s policy, if replicated by all other nations, would not avert dangerous global warming.
At current rates of reduction, the UK’s fair carbon budget will be spent in just four years’ time.
All plants take up carbon dioxide when they grow, but when they are harvested or cut down, they release the greenhouse gas back into the atmosphere.