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Why timing is everything in battle to turn the tide on climate change crisis

Frank McGovern

Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30

Greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced
Greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced
Retreating icebergs are a sure sign of climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered the third volume of its fifth Assessment Report on climate change yesterday. It is focused on the causes of climate change and how to address them. We can now see the full picture of where, scientifically, we are on the issue.

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The messages from the earlier reports are clear: climate change is happening, human influences are dominant, the impacts are evident and increasing and there are certain limits to adaptation.

The message from this report is also clear: to ensure climate stability, large-scale global reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases are required.

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