In fact, the IPCC report says that we are ultimately heading towards 3 degrees Celsius.
"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" comments Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II, which addresses the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability factors of climate change.
The Paris Agreement aims to keep global temperature rise in this century well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the increase even further, to 1.5°C.
Well, it will require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change across the whole of society, according to the report.
The IPCC report, however, shows that global warming impacts have come sooner and hit harder than predicted.
The findings of the report will be used by policy makers at a conference in Poland this December to review the Paris agreement.
The report drew dire headlines such as CNN's "12 years to stop climate catastrophe", and The Washington Post's "The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, United Nations scientists say".
Models of scenarios where warming is limited to 1.5 degrees all involve mass deployments of carbon dioxide removal techniques and technologies, such as reforestation and carbon capture and storage, although the extent of those deployments really depends on how much we start cutting CO2 emissions before 2030.
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The survey said that between January and March this year, Australia had its most elevated levels of carbon pollution since 2011. Tina Simmons, a cashier at the POD in the College of Media and Entertainment, is also not ready to blame global warming .
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Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees would also give the world a better chance of avoiding major tipping points like the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Temperatures would be 1.5C higher between 2030 and 2052 if the world continued at its current pace, it warned.
"1.5 degrees is the new 2 degrees", Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, told The Washington Post after attending the finalisation of the IPCC report in Incheon, the Republic of Korea.
The IPCC's models emphasize the need for people to change their lifestyle and consumption patterns to more sustainable alternatives, specifically in areas they can control, like modes of transportation, the buildings they inhabit and their dietary preferences. "The next few years are probably the most important in our history". Although the report says that emissions would not be the sole contributor to temperatures above 1.5°C, the future rates of emission reductions will determine whether temps rise.
This report shows the longer we leave it to act, the more hard, the more expensive and the more risky it will be.
McKibben believes the odds of governments taking action in the wake of this report are slim.
"EGU concurs with, and supports, the findings of the SR15 that action to curb the most unsafe consequences of human-induced climate change is urgent, of the utmost importance and the window of opportunity extremely limited".
Talking points provided by a department spokesperson said the US has reduced carbon dioxide emissions and has "unburdened communities, individuals and industries" by allowing them to develop their own policies.