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Door to 2 degree temperature limit is closing - IEA

(Reuters, 16 May 12) (Reuters) - The chance of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius this century is getting slimmer and slimmer, the head of the International Energy Agency warned on Wednesday.

"What I see now with existing investments for plants under construction...we are seeing the door for a 2 degree Celsius target about to be closed and closed forever," Fatih Birol, the IEA's chief economist, told a Reuters' Global Energy & Environment Summit.

"This door is getting slimmer and slimmer in terms of physical and economic possibility," he warned.

The IEA said last November that around 80 percent of total energy-related carbon emissions permissible by 2035 to limit warming were already accounted for by existing power plants, buildings and factories, leaving little room for more.

Reuters, 16 May 12: Door to 2 degree temperature limit is closing - IEA


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