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In its latest desperate attempt to convince the world to do something about climate change, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said to avoid “severe, pervasive and irreversible” consequences, the majority of the world’s electricity should produced by renewable energy by 2050, and the use of fossil fuels must be eliminated by 2100.
The scientific consensus is that keeping global temperatures from rising above 2 °C is the threshold for acceptable levels of global warming. The IPCC outlined various approaches to meet this target—but they all end with the elimination of coal, oil, and gas by the end of the century. It is the fourth report that the IPCC has issued in the past 14 months.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon described the IPCC report as the most comprehensive appraisal of climate change ever taken and added a personal touch to the proceedings based on his eight years at the top of the organization.