The majority of climate scientists advising the Cop26 summit fear the world is on course to warm by a ‘catastrophic’ 3C.
Nearly two thirds of scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who responded to a survey said they expected the planet to warm by this much.
The survey indicates scepticism that governments will markedly slow the pace of global warming, despite promises made by leaders in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
The bleak view of the scientists comes as the international community descends on Glasgow for the Cop26 climate summit which aims to keep global heating to 1.5C above preindustrial levels
Only 4 per cent of the scientists said they thought the world would meet the target of limiting warming to 1.5C.
Released in August, the latest IPCC climate-science report, approved by 195 governments,