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Climate change: Global warming 'could reach 4C by end of this century' after COP26 fell short of its aims, say experts

  • There could be global warming of 4C by the end of this century despite pledges made at the COP26 climate summit, according to a new report. Researchers from the University of Exeter and the Met Office analysed worldwide policies and found that on the "current trajectory" the Paris Agreement's aim of limiting warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is slipping out of reach. Professor Richard Betts, who led the research, said the agreements made at COP26 in Glasgow "have reduced the likelihood" of warming reaching 4C "but it remains possible".