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Time running out to meet global warming target: UN report

Published on Apr 6, 2014 7:24 PM
 
A file picture taken on Jan 31, 2012 in Sofia shows the sun rising behind chimneys of a thermal power station. World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft United Nations study to be approved this week shows. -- PHOTO: AFP

OSLO (Reuters) - World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft United Nations study to be approved this week shows.

Government officials and top climate scientists will meet in Berlin from April 7 to 12 to review the 29-page draft that also estimates the needed shift to low-carbon energies would cost between 2 and 6 per cent of world output by 2050.

It says nations will have to impose drastic curbs on their still rising greenhouse gas emissions to keep a promise made by almost 200 countries in 2010 to limit global warming to less than 2 deg C over pre-industrial times.

Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 deg C since 1900 and are set to breach the 2 deg C ceiling on current trends in coming decades, UN reports show.

 
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