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World Must Take Action On Climate To Prevent Food Shortages, Other Disasters, IPCC Report Warns

Associated Press: U.N. report on global warming carries life-or-death warning
“Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea…” (Borenstein, 10/8).

New York Times: Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040
“…The report, issued on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population…” (Davenport, 10/7).

Washington Post: The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say
“…At the same time, however, the report is being received with hope in some quarters because it affirms that 1.5 degrees Celsius is still possible — if emissions stopped today, for instance, the planet would not reach that temperature. It is also likely to galvanize even stronger climate action by focusing on 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than 2 degrees, as a target that the world cannot afford to miss…” (Mooney et al., 10/7).

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