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‘The stakes could not be higher’: world is on edge of climate abyss, UN warns

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🗞️ Driving the news: A recent survey conducted by The Guardian, involving nearly 400 top IPCC scientists, reveals a grim outlook, with nearly 80% expecting global temperatures to rise by at least 2.5°C
• This overshoots the critical international target of 1.5°C, prompting urgent calls for action from climate leaders and experts

🔭 The context: The 1.5°C target, pivotal in the fight against drastic climate impacts, is now said to be "hanging by a thread."
• Key voices in the climate community, including António Guterres' spokesperson and Alok Sharma, emphasize the decade's crucial role in defining climate futures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Surpassing the 1.5°C threshold could precipitate catastrophic global effects, intensifying extreme weather events and endangering ecosystems and human livelihoods on a large scale
• The need for a rapid and radical transformation away from fossil fuels is underscored as a necessity to mitigate these impacts.

⏭️ What's next: The coming years are deemed critical. The scientific consensus points to an urgent need for political, economic, and societal shifts to meet the existing climate commitments and explore new sustainable practices that align more closely with the necessary targets

💬 One quote: "The goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is hanging by a thread," - spokesperson for António Guterres, UN Secretary-General.

📈 One stat: Nearly 80% of surveyed IPCC scientists anticipate a temperature rise of at least 2.5°C above preindustrial levels.

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