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World on Brink of Global Climate Deal

From November 30 to the first week of December 2015, world leaders will meet in Paris where a global climate deal is expected to be agreed upon.   Leaders are under pressure to ensure that they conclude a deal that meets the demands of science and reduces greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global warming below 1.50C. Scientists agree that this is the upper limit for the survival for many communities and ecosystems, particularly coral reefs, Arctic ice regimes, and Pacific Island states among many others.   The urgency of concluding an ambitious deal was underscored with recent news that global temperatures had risen to 10C above pre-industrial levels, reaffirming scientists’ predictions that 2015 will be the hottest year in recorded history.   Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, said: “Science is telling us that we need to act quickly on climate change and Paris is our moment. We…

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