Massive emission cuts 'necessary'

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Massive cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions needed in the next few decades to avoid "dangerous" climate change, a major international report has warned.

It is still possible to keep global temperature rises to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, the level at which it is thought dangerous impacts of climate change will be felt.

But substantial reductions in greenhouse gases will be needed, through large-scale changes to energy supplies and use, as well as curbing deforestation and planting forests.

Emissions need to be reduced by 40% to 70% on 2010 levels by the middle of the century and to near zero by 2100, to make it likely temperatures will not go above 2C, the report said.

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Move away from fossil fuels, warns UN report

Massive cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed in the next few decades to avoid "dangerous" climate change, a major UN report has warned.