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Publication Understanding climate change — SOER 2010 thematic assessment
Average global air and ocean temperatures are rising, leading to the melting of snow and ice and rising global mean sea level. Ocean acidification results from higher CO2 concentrations. With unabated greenhouse gas emissions, climate change could lead to an increasing risk of irreversible shifts in the climate system with potentially serious consequences. Temperature rises of more than 1.5–2 °C above pre-industrial levels are likely to cause major societal and environmental disruptions in many regions. The atmospheric CO2 concentration needs to be stabilised at 350–400 parts per million (ppm) in order to have a 50 % chance of limiting global mean temperature increase to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels (according to the IPCC in 2007, and confirmed by later scientific insights).
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
Publication Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The EU emitted close to 5 billion tonnes (Gt) of CO2-equivalent emissions in 2008. It contributes today around 12 % of annual global anthropogenic direct greenhouse gas emissions. The EU is making good progress towards achieving its emission reduction targets. A rapid, sustained and effective transition to a low carbon economy is necessary to mitigate climate change and to meet global greenhouse gas emission targets.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
SOER Key fact (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change - key fact 2
The EU contributes around 12 % of annual global anthropogenic direct greenhouse gas emissions.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Key fact (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change - key fact 3
The UNEP Montreal Protocol resulted in a significant reduction of emissions of some potent greenhouse gases.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Key fact (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change - key fact 4
According to preliminary estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions were 17 % below 1990 levels in 2009.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 1
The EU emitted close to 5 billion tonnes (Gt) of CO2-equivalents in 2008. It contributes today around 12 % of annual global anthropogenic direct greenhouse gas emissions.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 4
The greenhouse gas emission reductions observed in Europe over the last two decades are a combined result of the economic restructuring that occurred mainly in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, the policies and measures implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the EU emission trading scheme (EU ETS), and more recently of short-term effects of the global economic crisis.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 3
EEA member countries collectively reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 % and per capita emissions from 10.9 to 9.3 tonnes CO2-equivalent between 1990 and 2008.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 5
The reduction of ozone-depleting substances under the UNEP Montreal Protocol has also resulted in greenhouse gas emissions cuts significantly larger than the emission reductions that will take place under the Kyoto Protocol until 2012.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 6
Scientific studies show that global greenhouse gas emissions should not exceed 44 to 46 Gt CO2-equivalents per year by 2020 in order to give a 50 % chance of limiting global mean temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The reduction pledges made under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord fall short of keeping global greenhouse gas emissions below this peak level.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
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