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10 Dec 2009 11:12:14

Ten years to tackle climate change, says Met Office



Ten years to tackle climate change, says Met Office
World leaders have just ten years to reduce global carbon emissions if they are to protect the planet against climate change.

That is according to a new study conducted by the UK Met Office, which warns that if action is not taken soon then global temperatures could rise by more than two degrees Celsius.

"If you go to 2025 before peaking, it's virtually impossible to stay under two degrees Celsius," Vicky Pope, head of climate science at the Met Office, told the BBC.

She added: "If you reduced everything to zero immediately you'd still get about 1.3C because of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere."

The findings come from the Met Office's Avoid programme, which was presented to world leaders at the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Ministers from across the globe are attending the conference in the Danish capital to discuss what action can be taken to protect the planet form the potentially disastrous effects of climate change.

Talks are set to continue until December 18th.

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