Leaked UN draft report: Greenhouse emissions must peak in four years

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published by The Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Global greenhouse gas emissions must peak in the next four years, coal and gas-fired power plants must close in the next decade, and lifestyle and behavioral changes will be needed to avoid climate breakdown, according to leaked drafts of a report from the world’s leading authority on climate science.

Rich people in every country are overwhelmingly more responsible for global heating than the poor, with SUVs and meat-eating singled out for blame, and the high-carbon basis for future economic growth is also questioned.

The leak is from the forthcoming third part of the landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the first part of which was published on August 9, warning of unprecedented changes to the climate, some of them irreversible. The document, called the sixth assessment report, is divided into…

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