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UN: “EMISSIONS GROWTH MUST END IN SEVEN YEARS”

REPORT LAYS OUT STARK CHOICES TO AVOID THE DEATH OF SPECIES

unpicture.jpgThe world will have to end its growth of carbon emissions within seven years and become mostly free of carbon-emitting technologies in about four decades to avoid killing as many as a quarter of the planet’s species from global warming, according to top United Nations’ scientists.

The stark choices laid out yesterday by the agency’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describe the daunting task if the world is to avoid the consequences of a planet heated up by more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) since 2000.

Rajendra Pachauri, who leads the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won this year’s Nobel Peace opens the lid of a paella, a typical dish of Valencia, cooked by Greenpeace activist using a solar kitchen outside the City of the Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain. Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. Working until dawn, negotiators on Friday concluded a policy guide for governments on global warming that declares climate change is here and is getting worse, one of its authors said. The brief Summary for Policymakers, will be released Saturday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Source: WaPo

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