UN issues new climate change warning
- Published: 21 Nov 2012 at 22.47
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The goal of keeping planet warming in check has moved further out of reach, the United Nations warned Wednesday in the latest of a flurry of reports pointing to looming climate disaster ahead of key talks in Qatar.
A plume of smoke rises from an industrial chimney in France in February. The UN is warning the gap between countries' pledges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and what is needed to keep warming in check, is widening.
Current country pledges for cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions could see global average temperatures rise by three to five degrees Celsius (5.4 to 9.0 degrees Fahrenheit) this century, said a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report.
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