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Oh, no! We have only eight years to avoid climate-change catastrophe!

Governments are running out of time to address climate change and to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures, an influential UN panel warned yesterday.

Greater energy efficiency, renewable electricity sources and new technology to dump carbon dioxide underground can all help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the experts said. But there could be as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.

But that comes from, er, eight years ago. Oops. Never mind.

Wait, wait.

"The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff," he said. "It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now."

That was Al Gore, darn it, again eight years ago. The Arctic ice cap has excpanded two years in a roow.


Isn't chicken Little's bill about due?