What's Going On Here?
Global efforts to tackle climate change fall short as the gap report shows that CO2 emissions rise for the first time in four years.
The news comes just days before world leaders meet at the UN climate conference in Poland next week (COP 24).
What Does This Mean?
The gap report highlights the difference between the level of greenhouse gas emissions that the world can sustain to keep temperatures within safe limits (set out in the Paris agreement), with the levels that are likely based on the pledges and actions taken by countries.
In short, the emission gap report released by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) shows us the gap between where countries promised they would be with how far we've actually got, and it’s big, very big!