Greenhouse emission targets pledged by most countries are too little compared to the effects of climate change, said Janos Pasztor, top climate adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as reported by the Washington Post. It is both a bad thing and good thing, the adviser noted.
“The negative part is that it’s not good enough,” he said. “The positive side is that for the first time, we have a goal, a clear goal that we’re all working toward, and we know what the commitments are. Before we would just talk.”
As part of the accord reached in Copenhagen last December, countries including the U.S., European Union member states and China submitted commitment letters to the U.N., detailing how far they can commit to cutting back greenhouse gases. The U.N. reported that most countries submitted reaffirmation of their previous pledges.