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Limit rise to 1.5°C: avoid worst climate impacts

  • Monday October 8, 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its long-awaited special report on 1.5°C of global warming earlier today, at a meeting in South Korea.

It claims that achieving a climate target of staying under 1.5°C would hold back many of the risks associated with a 2°C rise says the Met Office.

Commenting ahead of the final outcome of the IPCC negotiations, The Met Office’s Professor Richard Betts said: “Limiting the rise in warming to 1.5°C avoids many, but not all of the worst climate impacts seen at 2°C or above. For example, vulnerability to food insecurity increases in many countries as our world warms. An increase in global temperature is projected to cause more flooding in some areas and more drought in others. Both increases and decreases in rainfall are generally larger at 2°C global warming than at 1.5°C.”

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