IPCC co-chair: "The next few years are probably the most important in our history"

The global community decided three years ago that the world's temperature must not increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius – and preferably by no more than 1.5 degrees. A new UN climate reports concludes that this is still a possibility, but it will require haste — a lot of haste.

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There is a great difference between global temperatures rising by 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius.

The world has already become warmer by 1.1 degree – and consequences of this in the form of more extreme weather, higher sea levels as well as less ice in the Arctic are no longer a worrisome future scenario, but are rather a fact, concludes the long-awaited climate report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published Monday in South Korea.

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