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New York Times : The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that “climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans [and it warns] that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.”  

“The report was among the most sobering yet issued by the intergovernmental panel.”  

“’Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hotspots of hunger,’ the report declared.”  

“The scientists emphasized that climate change is not just some problem of the distant future, but is happening now.”  

“While greenhouse gas emissions have begun to decline slightly in many wealthy countries, including the United States, those gains are being swamped by emissions from rising economic powers like China and India.”  

“’Now we are at the point where there is so much information, so much evidence, that we can no longer plead ignorance,’ said Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization.”  

Crossposted at Wonk Wire.

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