By Wire Services | Mercury News, Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm | UPDATED: October 8, 2018 at 5:12 am By Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis | The Washington Post The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the globe’s top scientific body studying climate change. With global emissions showing few signs of slowing and the United States – the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide – rolling back a suite of Obama-era climate measures, the prospects for meeting the most ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris agreement look increasingly slim. To avoid racing past warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels would require a “rapid and far reaching” transformation of human civilization at a magnitude that has simply never happened before, the group found. “There is no documented historic precedent” for the sweeping change to energy, transportation and other systems required to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, wrote… Read full this story
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