While negotiations in Bonn, Germany have re-started at a slow pace, there is growing momentum for pushing a long-term goal of reducing global emissions, which will then salvage the UN climate talks in Paris.
Currently 127 countries support having a long-term goal of limiting global warming to within two degrees. However, there is an ongoing debate on how ambitious this goal is, and what year it will be achieved.
Many of the world’s most vulnerable countries — like Samoa, Ethiopia, and the Maldives — have shown strong support for rapid emission cuts which are needed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
Many others support the idea of a global long-term goal of “zero emissions” somewhere in the second half of the century. This would significantly reduce the chances of the world limiting emissions below the two degree target.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, any delay could put the world’s health in jeopardy. If global emissions were cut to zero by 2075, they predict that we would only have a 66% chance of keeping global temperature rise within two degrees.