A new United Nations report has warned of the dangers of falling short of the commitments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement to address climate change, arguing that most countries are nowhere near to hitting their emissions reduction targets, writes Anamaria Deduleasa.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2019 Emissions Gap report said “countries collectively (have) failed to stop the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are now required”.

The report, released ahead of the start of next week's COP25 Summit in Madrid, came days after the World Meteorological Organisation warned that greenhouse gases reached a record high in 2018 with no sign yet of them peaking.