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Here Comes Extreme Climate Change

Photo: Lightening strikes during heavy rainfall in Bangkok, 26 April 2007

April 28, 2007
Time is running out to cut the greenhouse-gas emissions that drive climate change, but much can be done at a modest cost to attack the looming crisis, according to experts gathering for new talks.

Fierce debate is expected however at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting which starts in Bangkok on Monday to hammer out a new all important summary for governments.

A draft of the report to be agreed by experts on the United Nation's main authority on climate change says there is scant time to waste.

"Mitigation efforts over the next two to three decades will determine to a large extent the long-term global mean temperature increase and the corresponding climate change impacts that can be avoided," says the draft which has been seen by AFP.

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