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Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel says, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun.The dangers are going to worsen as the climate changes even more, the report's authors say, adding that no one is immune.After several days of late-night wrangling, more than 100 governments unanimously approved the scientist-written 49-page summary – which is aimed at world political leaders.These risks are both big and small, according to the report.In 2007, the biggest risk level in one key summary graphic was "high" and colored blazing red. The latest report adds a new level, "very high," and colors it deep purple.While the problems from global warming will hit everyone in some way, the magnitude of the harm won't be equal, coming down harder on people who can least afford it, the report says.The report echoes an earlier U.N. climate science panel that said if greenhouse gases continued to rise, the world was looking at another 3.5 or 4 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100 instead of the international goal of not allowing temperatures to rise more than 1.2 degrees Celsius.
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