Climate Impacts To Be Severe and Irreversible Without Emissions Cuts, UN Panel Says

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Climate change will have “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on society and the environment The U.N. climate panel’s synthesis report was released on November 2. unless nations swiftly and drastically cut carbon emissions — a goal that, while difficult, still remains within reach, according to a comprehensive new United Nations climate report released this week. Failure to curb emissions by the end of the century will likely lead to food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major coastal cities and entire island nations, and dangerous yet routine heat waves, among other impacts, the analysis concluded. But the panel also said for the first time that combating climate change is economically feasible. The new U.N. report synthesizes the findings from a series of analyses released over the past year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the panel’s first major update since 2007.

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