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There’s one key takeaway from last week’s IPCC report

Cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible — The Paris climate agreement set a target of no more than 2°C global warming above pre-industrial temperatures, but also an aspirational target of no more than 1.5°C. That’s because many participating countries – especially island nations particularly vulnerable to sea level rise – …

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UK ‘will have to intervene in market to meet climate obligations’

Top climate adviser says UN warnings will force the government to act in ways that will be controversial and politically fraught — The UK’s obligations in response to this week’s warnings from the UN over global warming will be controversial and politically fraught, taking the country into “uncharted territory” and testing the political consensus on …

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‘Tipping points’ could exacerbate climate crisis, scientists fear

IPCC report ‘underestimates potential of these key dangers to send Earth into spiral of runaway climate change’ — Key dangers largely left out of the IPCC special report on 1.5°C of warming are raising alarm among some scientists who fear we may have underestimated the impacts of humans on the Earth’s climate. The IPCC report …

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World leaders ‘have moral obligation to act’ after UN climate report

Even half degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes, report shows — World leaders have been told they have moral obligation to ramp up their action on the climate crisis in the wake of a new UN report that shows even half a degree of …

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How the UN climate panel got to 1.5°C threshold – timeline

Five reports and an agreement: the IPCC has been raising the climate alarm for 30 years   1988 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set up by the UN and the World Meteorological Organisation, bringing together the world’s leading climate scientists to assess knowledge of climate change and provide scientific advice to policymakers. 1990 …

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Little-noticed treaty could help delay climate catastrophe

2016 Kigali amendment on hydrofluorocarbons could reduce warming by a small but crucial 0.5°C — From the beginning of next year, a new global pact will take effect that could have a profound impact on climate change, cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions by amounts that could help stave off some of the worst impacts predicted …

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Geoengineering may be used to combat global warming, experts say

IPCC authors suggest there is high agreement that injection of chemicals into stratosphere could help limit rises — The world may increasingly look to geoengineering in the wake of the latest UN climate report, which says it could be adopted as a temporary “remedial measure” if the world heads towards dangerous levels of warming. The …

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World leaders told they must act over climate change ‘cliff-edge’

Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 Paris accord, stresses urgency of meeting 1.5°C target — Political leaders have been urged to act on the landmark special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has warned that strong efforts would be required to prevent disastrous consequences from dangerous levels of climate change. Christiana Figueres, …

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Bangkok Bulletin: UN calls for more time

An early start has been called for climate talks in Poland in December, with negotiators facing a huge task to write the rules for the Paris deal — The UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa wrote to governments on Thursday to let them know that the Katowice COP24 would start a day earlier than scheduled – …

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Australia energy plan may breach Paris climate commitments

Government says it will lock in electricity emissions targets until 2024, undermining an international commitment to revisit its Paris target in 2023 — An Australian government plan to lock in electricity emissions targets may breach a key commitment to the Paris Agreement.   A paper on the national energy guarantee circulated to state ministers on …

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