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Humanity at the climate crossroads: Highway to hell or a livable future?

By Damian Carrington

20 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Yesterday, the IPCC released their latest report, which said that only swift and drastic action can avert irrevocable damage. The Guardian weighs in on the findings.

After a 10,000-year journey, human civilisation has reached a climate crossroads: what we do in the next few years will determine our fate for millennia.

That choice is laid bare in the landmark report published on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), assembled by the world’s foremost climate experts and approved by all the world’s governments. The next update will be around 2030 – by that time the most critical choices will have been made.

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