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Global warming accelerates at triple the past rate: IPCC

By 2040, Earth's temperature will be 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels

Rising temperatures are expected to make extinctions more common, harming sensitive species such as coral. (Courtesy of the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

TOKYO -- The rise in global temperatures is on track to reach 1.5 C by around 2040, according to a United Nations draft report, requiring robust action to minimize the impact of increasingly severe weather and rising sea levels.

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