Paris climate aim ‘still achievable’ 巴黎氣候協定目標仍然可行

Targets of 2015 Paris agreement is still feasible

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英國《自然·地球科學》雜誌的研究指出,達到《巴黎協定》所定的將升溫控制在1.5攝氏度的目標仍然可行。此項研究將幫助各國調整為緩解氣候變化所制定的相應政策。請聽報導。 

When the Paris agreement was settled nearly two years ago, one of its key ambitions was dismissed as almost impossible – the notion of limiting the rise in the global average temperature, compared with pre-industrial times, to 1.5°C. The world had already warmed by 1°C. 

Now a new analysis of the computer models used to assess future warming has found that the forecast is slightly overestimating how much temperatures will rise. The world should have been a third of a degree warmer by 2015 than it actually was, and that means, the scientists say, there is a bit longer than previously thought to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions driving the rising temperatures.

So, one of the authors of the study, Prof Myles Allen of the University of Oxford, says the Paris target is still feasible. 

The scientists are anxious that their study is not used by climate change sceptics to undermine current policy. They stress that the threats posed by global warming have not receded, and the governments around the world still need to respond urgently by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

詞彙表

ambitions 目標,雄心,志向
dismissed 對…不予理會,(從頭腦中)去除
notion 觀念
pre-industrial 工業化時代以前的
overestimating 過高估計
greenhouse gas emissions 溫室氣體(尤指二氧化碳)排放
sceptics 持懷疑態度的人
undermine (常指逐漸地)削弱權威
the threats posed by 來自…的威脅
global warming 全球氣候變暖 

測驗

請聽報導並回答下列問題。

1. Has the world’s temperature risen since pre-industrial times?

2. What does the new analysis of the computer models found about the forecast? 

3. Which word in the text means ‘able to be achieved’? 

4. What do the scientists suggest governments should do to achieve the Paris agreement? 

答案

1. Has the world’s temperature risen since pre-industrial times?
The world had already warmed by 1°C.

2. What has the new analysis of the computer models found about the forecast?
A new analysis of the computer models has found that the forecast is slightly overestimating how much temperatures will rise.

3. Which word in the text means ‘able to be achieved’?
Feasible.

4. What do the scientists suggest governments should do to achieve the Paris agreement?
Governments around the world still need to respond urgently by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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