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U.N. climate change report released

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STOCKHOLM (WKOW) -- A United Nations climate change report published Friday concludes that it is quote, "extremely likely" that human activity accounts for at least half of the global warming that has been observed since the 1950s.

The assessment report, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicts global temperatures will continue to rise this century. It says that will lead to melting polar ice, which will then raise sea levels.

Michel Jarraud, the secretary general of World Meteorological Organization, says this past decade was the warmest on record.

"More natural, more temperature records were broken than in any other previous decade," Jarraud said. "Of course, and that is discussed in detail in the report, the rate of increase would've been even higher if not for the relative cooling of La Nina and the role of deep ocean in absorbing the heat. So, the IPCC report demonstrates we must greatly reduce global emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change."

Scientists warn that things will get worse if we don't change our habits.

"This report confirms, and you'll hear a lot  more about it, with even more certainty than in the past that it is extremely likely, changes in our climate system in the past half a century, are due to human influence," Jarraud said. "And it should serve as yet another wake up call that our activities have a profound impact on society, not only for us, but for many generations to come."

The report also suggests cities like Miami, Florida might be underwater within the next few decades.

Skeptics claim the IPCC exists only to produce further evidence supporting the idea of man-made climate change, while ignoring opposing research. 

To view the full report, click here.

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