In full: UN reveals landmark climate change IPCC report findings

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The world will breach the target in the Paris climate goals within two decades, a UN report has warned, with some effects of climate change irreversible for thousands of years.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a global group of scientists, concluded that human influence on climate was “unequivocal” and said their conclusions represented a “reality check” for policymakers meeting later this year at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

Floods, heatwaves, droughts, storms and sea level rises have all become more severe over recent decades due to human activity and will become more serious as temperatures continue to rise, the report says.

Its conclusions raise questions about the feasibility of meeting the climate change targets in the 2015 Paris Agreement, with signatory countries agreeing to emissions reductions in an effort to keep temperature rises below 2C while “pursuing efforts” to limit warming to 1.5C.

In even the lowest-emission scenarios the 1.5C target is set to be breached by 2040, and then exceeded to reach 1.6C by 2060. However, this “overshoot” will be corrected by the end of the century if there is a significant reduction in emissions.

Humans are already responsible for 1.1C of warming since 1850-1900, and unless there are “immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5C or even 2C will be beyond reach”, the authors warned.

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