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A “devastating” new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to warn the world running out of time to avert 1.5C of warming.

Global leaders have pledged to avoid that figure, and UK ministers hope the new document will act as a “wake-up call” for polluters. Britain is hosting Cop26, the next climate crisis summit, in Glasgow in November.

The IPCC’s report will be the first comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge about the threat to the environment from humans since 2013.

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Thousands flee homes as blaze ravages Greek island amid ‘nightmarish summer’

Here is our latest story on the wildfires sweeping southern Europe. We can expect more of this as the century wears on

Uncontrolled wildfires have forced thousands of people to flee their homes on the Greek island of Evia after a blaze ripped through vast areas of pristine forest, with ferries on standby to evacuate those living nearby.

Residents described losing entire villages to the flames while the country’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said Greece had suffered a “nightmarish summer”, writes Tom Batchelor.

The blaze on Evia, the second-largest Greek island in both area and population after Crete, quickly spread on several fronts.

Jon Sharman9 August 2021 07:59

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Possibility of hitting 1.5C by early 2030s, report says

The Times reports that the IPCC could warn 1.5C of global warming may occur by the early 2030s – earlier than most people expected.

Previous estimates put that date at the most pessimistic end of the possibility spectrum.

In 2015, countries pledged at the Paris summit to try to keep warming to 1.5C, which is looking increasingly unlikely.

Jon Sharman9 August 2021 07:40

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‘Devastating’ IPCC report to warn time running out to save planet

A “devastating” new UN report is expected to set out a stark message on runaway climate change in what the government hope will be a “wake-up call”, writes Adam Forrest.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published on Monday, will be the first comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge about the threat to the planet from human activity since 2013.

An interim report said global warming was likely to hit 1.5C, the disastrous limit world leaders have pledged to try to avoid, between 2030 and 2052. But reports indicate that a new landmark study will bring the window forward by a decade to 2040 at the latest.

Jon Sharman9 August 2021 07:32

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Follow our blog for reaction and more to new report

Good morning. We’ll be covering the IPCC report’s publication live, with full reaction and analysis.

For now, a couple of posts to help you catch up on what’s going to happen…

Jon Sharman9 August 2021 07:31

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