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Climate Panel Says Emissions Rising, Avoids Blame

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April 13, 2014 AT 8:20 AM
The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change on Sunday highlighted the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming and what is actually being done to attain them. Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must drop by 40-70 percent by 2050 to keep the global temperature rise below the 2-degree C (3.6-degree F) cap set in U.N. climate talks, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. On average global emissions rose by 2.2 percent a year between 2000 and 2010, outpacing growth in previous decades to reach unprecedented levels despite some efforts to contain them.