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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report called for achieving "net zero emissions" by 2050 in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"The report will encourage the development of new technologies, which is important", Mr. Gore said in a statement.

One of the key goals of the accord was to limit the increase in global temperature to well below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, and to attempt a more aspirational goal of containing the rise to 1.5°C by the end of the century.

It says that limiting global warming to one and a half degrees is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but that it would require unprecedented and rapid changes to all aspects of society, including land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to release a report on "Strengthening Forest Fire Management in India", jointly prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the World Bank.

Countries in the southern hemisphere will be among the worse off, the report said, "projected to experience the largest impacts on economic growth due to climate change should global warming increase".

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"While time is short, there is still a chance of keeping to 1.5 degrees of warming".

If 1.5 degrees of warming does occur, Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, including countries like Japan, China, Egypt, and the US will experience increased flooding by 2040.

While more than 180 countries have accepted the report's summary, the USA (which is the second biggest emitter in the world) said that their acceptance of the report does not "imply endorsement" of the findings. Global CO2 emissions may need to peak around 2020.

Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II, said: "This report gives policymakers and practitioners the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people's needs".

By the end of the century, if warming stops at 1.5 degrees, the sea level rise may be almost four inches lower than if it stops at 2 degrees.

According to him, settling for two degrees would be a death sentence for people in many parts of Africa."The faster governments embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods that will be spared."A hotter Africa is a hungrier Africa", he said".

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Former Vice President Al Gore Jr. warned that "time is running out" after the release of a United Nations special report Sunday giving the world 12 years to head off climate calamity by radically transforming "all aspects of society".

"We need to show that we are serious about the issues which will affect our country for generations".

In order for us to keep to our target, global net human-caused emissions of Carbon dioxide will need to fall by about 45pc from the 2010 level by 2030. And we're already seeing just how powerful climate change can be.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed that the report did not "provide recommendations to Australia" and his Government's focus would be ensuring that electricity prices were lower for households and small businesses.

An agreement was adopted by 195 nations in December 2017 at the 21st conference of the Paris to the UN Convention on Climate Change.

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