The TTIP threat to climate action

20 December 2016

Across the world people are already being hit hard by climate change. Some communities are being evacuated to avoid the rising oceans, while droughts and record-breaking floods made worse by climate change are devastating the lives of people across the planet. 2015 was the warmest year on record and saw global sea levels reach their highest since records began.

And the world is responding - investments in renewables are growing rapidly, the world is saving more energy from energy efficiency and communities across the planet are making the transition to low carbon energy. In December last year the Paris Agreement was signed which proposed keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

But these efforts, though still too little even to keep to a 2 °C target are being undermined by a trade policy which carries on regardless of the imminent threat of climate disaster.