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Climate Change Science: Adapt, Mitigate, or Ignore?

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Science  09 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5655, pp. 176-177
DOI: 10.1126/science.1094329

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Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions poses the most severe problem for governments today. A risk analysis forecasts increased flooding and coastline vulnerability in the United Kingdom and the world. The seriousness of economic damage depends on future global emission scenarios. The U.K. government is planning to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom by 60% by 2050. Global agreement and sustained action to limit carbon dioxide emissions is needed.