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IPCC chair warns 'little time' to limit temperature rise

The scientific case for prioritising action on climate change was clearer than ever, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told a conference, after a new UN report was published.

We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within 2C of warming closes.

To keep a good chance of staying below 2C, and at manageable costs, our emissions should drop by 40% to 70% globally between 2010 and 2050, falling to zero or below by 2100.

We have that opportunity, and the choice is in our hands.

– Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC

UN climate report: Fossil fuels 'should be phased out by 2100'

UN climate report: Fossil fuels 'should be phased out by 2100' Credit: Jan Woitas/DPA/Press Association Images

Power generated from fossil fuels should be phased out completely by 2100 a new report has warned.

The United Nations climate body published the final report of its latest assessment on the science of climate change, drawing together three studies published in the past year.

In the majority of low?concentration stabilization scenarios, the share of low?carbon electricity supply (comprising renewable energy (RE), nuclear and Carbon Capture Schemes (CCS), including BECCS) increases from the current share of approximately 30% to more than 80% by 2050, and fossil fuel power generation without CCS is phased out almost entirely by 2100.

– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report

The report comes as efforts build towards securing a new global treaty on climate change, which it is hoped can be agreed in Paris at the end of next year, and it said that international co-operation was "critical" for effective efforts to tackle the problem.

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Kofi Annan 'bitterly disappointed' with Ebola response

Kofi Annan has said that developed countries had failed to respond to the crisis until it reached their shores.

The former UN secretary general told the BBC's Newsnight:

I am bitterly disappointed by the response. I am disappointed in the international community for not moving faster. In this world we are in it together.

If the crisis had hit some other region it probably would have been handled very differently. In fact when you look at the evolution of the crisis, the international community really woke up when the disease got to America and Europe. And yet we should have known that in this interconnected world it was only a matter of time.

I point the finger of blame at the governments with capacity ... I think there's enough blame to go around. The African countries in the region could have done a bit more, they could have asked for help much faster and the international community could have organised ourselves in a much better way to offer assistance. We didn't need to take months to do what we are doing today.

– Kofi Annan

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New terror powers 'could endanger our liberties'

Politicians should not act as "cheerleaders" for the intelligence and security services, according to former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown.

Lord Ashdown has criticised new terror powers. Credit: PA

Writing in The Observer newspaper he said the Conservative Party had used the decision to raise the terror threat level "to tell us how frightened we should be and why this required a range of new powers for them to exercise".

He added that the new range of executive powers "could endanger our liberties."

He said: "Of course, in these circumstances, the police and the security services will lead the clamour for more powers. They are charged by us to maintain our safety."

He added: "But it is the job of politicians to act, not as cheerleaders for those demands, but as jealous protectors of our liberties who measure any demand for their reduction against necessity, supported by evidence."

Militants reinforce siege against UN peacekeepers

Islamist militants have reinforced the siege against 40 Filipino peacekeepers trapped in Syria's Golan Heights, according to diplomatic sources at the United Nations.

More than 20 vehicles carrying armed fighters were seen approaching the region which has been demilitarized and monitored by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force since Israel and Syria signed an armistice in 1974.

Earlier, nearly three dozen peacekeepers who were trapped by militants in the Golan Heights were successfully extracted, according to UN officials.

More than 30 peacekeepers rescued in Golan Heights

Nearly three dozen United Nations peacekeepers who were trapped by militants in the Golan Heights have been successfully extracted, according to UN officials.

Officials in the Philippines have said all 72 of the trapped Filipino peacekeepers were safe.

Another 44 Fijian peacekeepers have been detained by militants nearby since Thursday.

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