The current changes in the planet’s climate are transforming the world. The last two decades included 18 of the warmest years on record, and extreme weather events, such as forest fires, heatwaves and floods, are becoming more frequent both in Europe and elsewhere.
Scientists warn that without urgent action, global warming is likely to exceed 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2060, and could even be as much as 5°C by the end of the century.
Such a rise in the global temperature will have a devastating impact on nature, bringing about irreversible changes to many ecosystems and a consequent loss of biodiversity. Higher temperatures and intensified weather events will also result in huge costs for the EU’s economy and hamper countries’ ability to produce food.
Climate change is a global challenge that requires a global response. The EU is determined to help raise global ambition and is leading by example.
The EU is one of the signatories to the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.
EU countries endorsed the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.
The EU has set ambitious measures and goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has done so by defining emissions targets for key sectors of its economy.
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