FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2015 file photo, fish swim over a patch of bleached coral in Hawaii's Kaneohe Bay off the island of Oahu. Warmer water is repeatedly causing mass global bleaching events to Earth's fragile coral reefs. A United Nations science report released on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 (Monday, Oct. 8, South Korea time) says limiting global warming by an extra degree could be a matter of life or death for people and ecosystems. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

October 07, 2018 - 8:05 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. report says limiting global warming to nearly a single degree or so could mean the difference between life and death for many people and ecosystems.

But the scientists behind the report have little hope the world will rise to the challenge.

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the report on Sunday at its meeting in South Korea.

The nations of the world have set a goal of limiting warming of the planet to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or a single degree Centigrade. But the scientists say there would be a big difference if that goal were cut in half.

If that happened, they say, there would be fewer heat waves, downpours and extinctions, less sea-level rise and more coral reefs and ice sheets.

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