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IPCC Report Warns ‘Irreversible Impacts’ of Climate Change

Rising greenhouse gas emissions are “increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems,” according to a draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The IPCC report, now under review by government officials and top scientists meeting in Copenhagen, is slated for approval on Nov. 2. It sums up the three IPCC reports published over the past year and is intended to serve as a guide for the Paris climate talks in 2015, at which about 200 governments are slated to reach a deal to combat climate change.

The Copenhagen summit comes as European Union member states on Friday agreed to cut emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. In committing to the ambitious carbon reduction plan, EU leaders urged China and the US, along with other major emitters, to follow suit.

“The report will be a guide for us,” Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who will host a UN meeting of environment ministers in Lima later this year to lay the groundwork for the Paris summit, told Reuters.

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