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The ultimate goal of the FCCC is...
‘stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic human induced interference with the climate system. Such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner’
The FCCC does not yet specify what the stabilisation level should be, with another 10 years probably needed before the uncertainties can be largely removed and an ideal target GHG level decided upon.
The treaty promotes action against global warming in spite of the current uncertainty on the basis that it’s better to be precautionary, rather than wait until irreversible damage is done.