Are the Copenhagen Accord pledges sufficient to limit global warming to 2 or 1.5⁰C?

As governments prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010, a new report spells out what the pledges of the past 12 months by governments might actually mean in terms of putting the world on track to limit global temperature rises.

The report, coordinated by UNEP, is an unprecedented partnership between over 30 leading researchers at climate modeling centers and institutes in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) is included in the report.

The assessment spotlights worst case and best case scenarios up to 2020 while estimating the emissions gaps likely under various outcomes that will need to be bridged in order to avoid ‘dangerous’ climate change.

The report’s findings will be launched on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Press materials and the report are strictly embargoed until Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. GMT/6:00 A.M. EST.

Lunch will be served after the event.


Press Event to Launch UNEP Emissions Gap Report


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time


  • Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science and Research, WRI
  • Amy Fraenkel, Director of the UNEP Regional Office for North America
  • Kelly Levin, Senior Associate, WRI, and contributor to the report
  • Brian O’Neill, Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (by phone)
  • Elizabeth Sawin, Co-director, Climate Interactive (by phone)


In Person:

World Resources Institute, 10 G Street, NE, Washington D.C.

Pegasus Conference Room, Suite 580 (5th floor)


  • 1 (888) 989-4502 (US/Toll Free)

  • 1 (202) 519-0843 (International)



Diana Dai,

Note: An audio recording will be available after the event.

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