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The world will miss key climate target warn scientists - 8th August

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New analysis indicates the 1.5C limit on warming is close to being broken, only eight months after the target was set, according to leading climate scientists.

The main outcome of the Paris climate negotiations last December was the decision to attempt to limit warming to 1.5C, with the talks hailed a major success by scientists and campaigners.  

New figures based on Met Office data, however, show that average global temperatures were already more than 1C above pre-industrial levels for every month except one over the past year.  In February and March, average global temperatures peaked at +1.38C.  Scientists say that given these rises, staying within the 1.5C limit will be extremely difficult.

This warning comes ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) talks in Geneva this month.  At these talks, scientists will outline ways to impletement the climate goals set in Paris.  Professor Chris Field, co-chair of the IPCC working group on adaptation to climate change said "From the perspective of my research I would say the 1.5C goal now looks impossible or at the very least, a very, very difficult task.  We should be under no illusions about the task we face".

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