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UN's delivers stark warning on global climate change

By Emily Beament

The world faces "severe, widespread and irreversible" impacts of climate change without urgent action to cut emissions, a major new international report has warned.

While there are solutions to climate change, experts warned there was little time before the window of opportunity to limit dangerous temperature rises closed.

Significant and swift cuts to greenhouse gases are needed, with the phasing out of fossil-fuelled power plants without technology to capture and store their carbon by the end of the century, and a shift away from investment in oil, coal and gas towards renewables.

The stark warning comes from the UN climate body's final report of its latest assessment on the science of climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report showed global warming was "unequivocal" and human influence on the climate was clear.

It was "extremely likely" or more than 95% certain that the majority of the warming since the 1950s was down to human activity and climate change was already having an impact on every continent, affecting human health, agriculture and wildlife.

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