Mind the gaps: strengthening adaptation in the critical decade

By: Carla Gomes

As we enter 2023 in full speed, we realise that our ‘critical decade’ for substantial climate action is shrinking fast. Emissions needed to be reduced by 45% by 2030, towards net zero by 2050, to keep the global temperature rise under 1,5º. At the last annual conference of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), the COP27, that ‘ideal target’ was abandoned in practice, but even 2º is now unlikely. As emissions keep rising, the fossil fuel industry is under increasing pressure to decarbonise or shut the door. Adaptation is now unavoidable, but there are critical adaptation gaps that we will have to address over the remaining years up to 2030. We discuss some of them in this post.

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