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NYT: Draft UN report warns that GHG emissions are rising too fast to be contained

A draft United Nations report has bad news on climate: greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than the efforts to contain and reduce them are succeeding in lowering them.

Today’s New York Times article said that the draft report concludes that “severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts” are unavoidable unless the trend is reversed within a decade or two at most.

Among those impacts that are already occurring are increases in sea levels, extreme weather phenomena including heat waves and heavy rains, lowered grain production, and losses of polar ice.

According to a Nov. 2013 report by the World Meteorological Association, worldwide GHG emissions hit a record in 2012, with 35.6 metric tons discharged. In fact, the decade 2000-2010 was the warmest in the historical record. Climate data has been obtained and archived around the world since about 1850.

During 1970-2000, GHG pollution rose by only about 1.2 percent per year.

The IPCC report was released to governments around the world earlier this month for comment. It is due to be released to the general public on Nov. 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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