U.S. is on track to meet most climate targets by midcentury
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron says he will seek a landmark agreement on climate change that would help ensure the world meets its international obligations on the planet’s warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
Cameron told reporters Tuesday he will make the pledge at a climate summit in Paris next month.
The U.N. General Assembly meets in late December.
Cameron said he hopes to secure the agreement to “make sure that we are on track” to meet all of the international goals to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels by 2100.
Climate experts say it is a near-impossible task to achieve.
Climate change is a complex issue that requires all nations to agree to set limits on carbon emissions, and to reduce emissions in other ways to achieve the goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2 degrees Fahrenheit.
“We can’t just go out and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to put a cap on emissions, but let’s have a carbon price.’
No,” Cameron said.
“But I’m really hopeful that we will get it.
We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Cameron is expected to unveil a new set of emissions targets for 2020, 2020 2030 and 2030 2040, including a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade system to price carbon.
Cameron will meet with President Donald Trump in the U.k. for the first time since the Brexit vote, and Trump said Tuesday he wants to see the U