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Maldives Minister: Failure to Limit Warming a Death Sentence

In this Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, file photo, Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed signs a document calling on all countries to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December in Copenhagen, in Girifushi, about 20 minutes by speedboat from the capital Male, Maldives. Failing to limit global warming could spell a “death sentence” for small island developing nations like Maldives, the country's environment minister said Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, and added that these nations urgently needed emergency funds to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. (AP Photo/Mohammed Seeneen, File)
In this Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, file photo, Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed signs a document calling on all countries to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December in Copenhagen, in Girifushi, about 20 minutes by speedboat from the capital Male, Maldives. Failing to limit global warming could spell a “death sentence” for small island developing nations like Maldives, the country's environment minister said Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, and added that these nations urgently needed emergency funds to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. (AP Photo/Mohammed Seeneen, File)
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Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A failure to limit global warming could mean a “death sentence” for small island nations like the Maldives, including the end of their livelihoods and cultures, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday.

Almost all countries signed the 2015 Paris climate accord, aimed at limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above levels in the late 19th century, and ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 F). But the world already has warmed nearly 1.1 C (2 F), scientists say.