Oslo — Global warming is on course to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris Agreement by around 2040, threatening economic growth, according to a draft report that is the UN’s starkest warning yet of the risks of climate change. Governments can still cap temperatures below the strict 1.5°C ceiling agreed in 2015 only with "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in the world economy, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The final government draft, obtained by Reuters and dated June 4, is due for publication in October in South Korea after revisions and approval by governments. It will be the main scientific guide for combating climate change. "If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by about 2040," according to the report, which broadly re-affirms findings in an earlier draft in January but is more robust, after 25,000 comments from experts and a wider pool of scientific literature. The Paris Agree...

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