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    Panel: 15 Years to Stop Warming

    Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addresses a press conference following the release of the IPCC report "Climate Change 2014, Mitigation of Climate Change" in Berlin on April 13, 2014. The world has a likely chance of meeting the UN's warming limit of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) if it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions 40-70 percent by 2050, especially from energy, a top expert panel said Sunday, April 13, 2014. 
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    A new report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced Sunday that the world has taken so long to act on global warming that we have just 15 years to make a massive effort before slowing climate chanage becomes impossibly costly. The report said it remains technically possible to slow warming, but that even European countries that have made efforts haven't done nearly enough. The findings will likely put even more pressure on a major global treaty expected to be completed in 2015 and to take effect in 2020. On the bright said, researches said the cost of alternative energies is falling so rapidly that implementing them on a mass scale is now practical.

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