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On the Precipice – the climate change target that humanity cannot afford to miss

This report summarises what we know about Antarctica and its ice sheets in a warming world.

The numbers are sharp and the repercussions alarming — but it’s not too late. We still have a chance to curb CO2 emissions before we reach a climate tipping point.

The science is clear that humanity cannot afford to let global temperature rise exceed more than 1.5°C.

This report draws on work by GNS Science—Te Pū Ao, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, the Antarctic Science Platform and researchers in many other New Zealand and overseas organisations, as well as publication from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.