UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, and Chairman of the IPCC Rajendra K. Pachauri present a comprehensive report by the UN climate panel, at Tivoli Congress Center in Copenhagen, Denmark Nov. 2. 2014. (AP/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling)
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Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's giant climate assessment offered no surprises, nor was it expected to, since it combined the findings of three reports released in the past 13 months.The report released Sunday caps its latest assessment, a mega-review of 30,000 climate change studies that establishes with 95-percent certainty that most of the warming seen since the 1950s is man-made.Delegates approved the final documents Saturday after a weeklong line-by-line review that underscored that the IPCC process is not just about science. The reports must be approved both by scientists and governments, which means political issues from U.N. climate negotiations inevitably affect the outcome.The report is meant as a scientific road map for the U.N. climate negotiations, which continue next month in Lima, Peru.
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