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A few days before the Glasgow Climate Conference, the Production Gap report, a team of international researchers, has reported that governments’ coal, oil, and gas production forecasts for 2030 are still more than twice as high as production consistent with the Paris agreements.

In a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the researchers said that in order to stay below +1.5°C, “global fossil fuel production must begin to decline immediately and sharply.”

Ploy Achakulwisut, a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and lead author of the report, explained that “government production plans would lead to an increase of about 240% in coal, 57% in oil and 71% in gas in 2030 compared to what would be compatible with limiting global warming to 1.5°C.”