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Cop27 climate summit: window for avoiding catastrophe is closing fast

It has been an alarming time for climate scientists. One by one, the grim scenarios they had outlined for the near future have been overtaken by events: extreme storms, droughts, floods and ice-sheet collapses whose sudden appearances have outstripped researchers’ worst predictions. Catastrophic climate change is happening more rapidly and with greater intensity than their grimmest warnings, it transpires.

Giant sequoia trees burn in California in September 2021 after years of drought. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

Door: Robin McKie, 30-10-2022

Afbeelding: David McNew/Getty Images

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