‘World on way to 1.5C of global warm­ing’

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THE world is “al­ready well on the way” to global tem­per­a­ture rises of 1.5C, ex­perts have warned as coun­tries meet to fi­nalise a ma­jor re­port on the is­sue.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 195 gov­ern­ments and sci­en­tists are meet­ing in South Ko­rea this week to agree a re­port on the im­pacts of a rise of 1.5C above prein­dus­trial lev­els and the ac­tion needed to limit global warm­ing to that level.

The In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) was asked to draw up the re­port af­ter coun­tries agreed to curb warm­ing to “well below” 2C above pre-in­dus­trial lev­els and to pur­sue ef­forts to limit rises to 1.5C.

The tighter tar­get was in­cluded in the global Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change agreed in 2015 amid fears that warm­ing be­yond 1.5C could threaten the sur­vival of some coun­tries, such as low-ly­ing is­land states.

In or­der to stem ris­ing tem­per­a­tures, the world will need to cut green­house gas emis­sions to zero and the re­port is likely to say that car­bon emis­sions must fall to zero by 2050 to meet the 1.5C tar­get.

It is likely to spell out the need for ur­gent and far-reach­ing changes, from clean en­ergy to mea­sures to re­move car­bon from the at­mos­phere.

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