In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, a passenger airliner flies past a coal-fired power plant in Beijing, China. (AP / Andy Wong, File)

In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, a passenger airliner flies past a coal-fired power plant in Beijing, China. (AP / Andy Wong, File)

RABAT, Morocco – Europe’s climate chief has acknowledged for the first time that climate pledges made by national governments ahead of a major UN conference fall short of meeting the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said the EU’s projections show the current pledges to cut or curb greenhouse gas emissions would put the world on a path toward 3 degrees C (5.4 F) of warming.

He says the fact that almost 150 countries have made pledges ahead of a December climate conference in Paris is “an extraordinary result. But we are not there.”

He said some G20 countries could raise their ambitions — and didn’t rule out improving the EU’s own emissions target.

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The Associated Press
Published Monday, October 12, 2015 9:25AM EDT