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REACTION: IPCC special report keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

8th Oct 2018

Responding to the report, Matthew Spencer, Oxfam's Director of Campaigns and Policy said: 

"Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions of people are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC is clear that things could get much worse without immediate action. The faster governments phase out coal, embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods will be spared.

"We're already witnessing the beginnings of massive displacement and a shocking rise in hunger, with women living in poverty suffering the most. If we don't keep global warming below 1.5 degrees, entire communities will be displaced, and many island nations will simply disappear under the waves. 

"None of this is inevitable. What gives us hope is that some of the poorest and lowest emitting countries are now leading the climate fight."

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For more information or interviews with Matthew Spencer, please contact Lisa Rutherford, Oxfam Senior Press Officer, on 07917 791 836