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Emissions targets

We support the following Time to Be Bold emissions targets, we stress how we should…

contain the rise in temperature and reabsorb emissions in order to keep temperatures at less than 1°C above pre-industrial levels, and the parts per million to 300 ppm. While currently there has been an increase of from 0.7°C – 0.8°C degrees above pre-industrial levels, rising above the 1°C level is now acknowledged to be the point at which global systems on land, water and air will be so affected as to create irreversible vicious feedback cycles and destabilize many ecosystems and human societies. Strict timeframes must be imposed, so that overall global emissions will begin to be reversed as of 2010. Only in the case of essentially complete elimination of emissions can the atmospheric concentration of CO2 be stabilized at a constant level. There must be a global target of 30% below 1990 levels by 2015, 50% below by 2020, 75% by 2030, 85% by 2040 and 100% by 2050.

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