New UN Report on Climate Change Warns of Dire Consequences

Effects of climate change ‘irreversible,’ U.N. panel warns in report. Some excerpts:

The Earth is locked on an “irreversible” course of climatic disruption from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the impacts will only worsen unless nations agree to dramatic cuts in pollution, an international panel of climate scientists warned Sunday.

The planet faces a future of extreme weather, rising sea levels and melting polar ice from soaring levels of carbon dioxide and other gases, the U.N. panel said. Only an unprecedented global effort to slash emissions within a relatively short time period will prevent temperatures from crossing a threshold that scientists say could trigger far more dangerous disruptions, the panel warned.

The full text of this 5th Assessment Report (175 pp) can be downloaded from this link. ___________________________________

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