As Earth swelters, global warming target in danger of being missed

A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous RegionBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit in Paris just a few months ago is in danger of being breached. In December, almost 200 nations agreed a radical shift away from fossil fuels with a goal of limiting a rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times while "pursuing efforts" for 1.5C (2.7F). "The future debate about temperature targets will be about overshoot." Many climate scientists say the Paris targets are likely to be breached in the coming decades, shifting debate onto whether it will be possible to turn down the global thermostat.


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