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Arctic 3-5C rise "locked in" by 2100
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2019-03-14 09:46:02 UTC
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UN report finds temperature rise is 'locked in' for Arctic
The Arctic region is now "locked in" to unnatural levels of warming,
according to a new UN Environment report covered by the Hill and
others. The Hill says: "Dramatic temperature increases in the globe's
northernmost region, which is typically covered by permafrost, is
unavoidable, according to the report released at the United Nations
Environment Assembly." Even if the goals of the Paris climate deal are
met, it continues, Arctic winter temperatures will still rise by 3-5C
by 2050 and 5-9C by 2100. The Guardian also has the story. There is
also continuing coverage of the UN Environment's sixth Global
Environment Outlook, which says "urgent action" is needed to protect
human and environmental health, according to the Hill. The report
warns of "mns of premature deaths by 2050 due to environmental
damage", reports Reuters. According to the Independent, the report
says a quarter of deaths worldwide are linked to environmental
damage. Another UN Environment report recommends taxes to encourage
plant-based diets to reduce emissions, report MailOnline and the
Times. -- Miranda Green, The Hill

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the world is to stay "well below" 2C above pre-industrial
temperatures, says a feature in the Financial Times. This presents a
dilemma, the article continues: "Oil companies want both to say they
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can continue to grow." It reports that many executives at the CERAweek
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2019-03-15 03:29:58 UTC
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