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UN climate goal feasible but energy reform vital: Panel

Published on Apr 13, 2014 5:49 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - The world has a likely chance of meeting the UN's warming limit of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) if it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions 40-70 percent by 2050, especially from energy, a top expert panel said on Sunday.

The longer it takes to switch from carbon-polluting fuels to cleaner energy sources, the harder and more expensive the target will become to reach, it said.

It warned that on present trends the planet will be 3.7-4.8 C warmer by 2100 - a level scientists say could be catastrophic.

"There is a clear message from science: to avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual," said Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of the UN expert group that compiled the document.

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