Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, U.N. Panel Warns

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A major new scientific report offers a road map for how countries can limit global warming, but warns that the margin for error is vanishingly small.

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A new United Nations report warned that if countries do not move away much faster from fossil fuels, the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would likely be out of reach by the end of the decade. Credit Credit... Hussein Faleh/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Brad Plumer Raymond Zhong

April 4, 2022

Nations need to move away much faster from fossil fuels to retain any hope of preventing a perilous future on an overheated planet, according to a major new report on climate change released on Monday, although they have made some progress because of the falling costs of clean energy.

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the United Nations, warns that unless countries drastically accelerate efforts over the next few years to slash their emissions from coal, oil and natural gas, the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, will likely be out of reach by the end of this decade.