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The data: climate change: there's still time to act.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported that the damage caused by climate change has already been "widespread and consequential". Yet its future impact still hinges largely on what nations do now to cut their carbon emissions, according to the World Resources Institute. Using data from the IPCC, the US-based research body's chart below plots four possible "emissions pathways", showing the years when global emissions would hit the point at which the planet would heat up by at least 2[degrees]C above pre-industrial levels. The good news is that it's still possible to restrict the increase to 2[degrees]C and so avert some of the direst consequences of climate change--but that would require more ambitious emissions targets to be set and achieved worldwide.

Illustration by Leandro Castelao

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Publication:Financial Management (UK)
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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