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How much time do we have to cut carbon emissions? Your questions, answered.

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On Monday, a group of the world’s foremost scientists published a more than 3,500-page report documenting the effects of rising temperatures across the globe and the looming risks if countries do not act collectively to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are the five takeaways from the U.N. climate report. Among them: People are already suffering from a global temperature rise of just over 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 19th century. If the world fails to meet the ambitious goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the impacts will become exponentially worse. The report’s authors warn that averting the worst-case scenarios will require “transformative system change.”

What questions do you have about how climate change will impact the planet? Post reporters Brady Dennis and Sarah Kaplan answered your questions on Monday. Here are some of the questions they addressed:

Read the Q&A below.

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.