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The Cost of Cutting Carbon

By Karen Yuan

The average global temperature will rise by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit this century at the minimum, according to a new report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And that's the least-bad scenario. The authors of the report advise that the world will need to abandon coal and other fossil fuels in the next decade to avoid even worse consequences.

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