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04/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carbon Cuts 'Only Give 50/50 Chance Of Saving Planet'

The world's best efforts at combating climate change are likely to offer no more than a 50-50 chance of keeping temperature rises below the threshold of disaster, according to research from the UK Met Office.

The key aim of holding the expected increase to C, beyond which damage to the natural world and to human society is likely to be catastrophic, is far from assured, the research suggests, even if all countries engage forthwith in a radical and enormous crash programme to slash greenhouse gas emissions -- something which itself is by no means guaranteed.

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