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Climate Impact ‘Worse Than We Thought,’ UN’s Guterres Says

  • Report finds health risks, extreme weather, natural disasters
  • Global temperatures up 1.06 degrees, seas rise 20 centimeters
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Scientists Reach ‘Unequivocal’ Consensus on Climate Change

Climate change is buffeting the planet harder and sooner than expected and efforts to slow it down still aren’t aggressive enough, according to the United Nations. 

The group’s United in Science 2021 report published Thursday compiles the most recent findings from numerous climate agencies and research groups, and documents the alarming shifts in the Earth’s atmosphere. Sea levels have risen 20 centimeters (8 inches) from 1900 to 2018 and average global temperatures are up by at least 1.06 degrees Celsius (1.9 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels.