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Latest IPCC report: GHG emissions accelerating, substantial cuts still achievable

2:24 PM MDT | April 14, 2014 | Ian Young

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Geneva) shows that worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly...


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