CBS News October 9, 2018, 7:28 AM Global warming: How you can help the environment right now

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Scientists say climate change is getting worse and there could be "life-or-death" consequences for our planet in the next 20 years. The new report from the U.N. predicts that at the current warming rate, millions more people will die from extreme heat by the year 2040.

There will also be substantial loss of coral reefs and a rise of sea levels that could wipe out small island nations like the Bahamas and the Maldives. More than 90 scientists from 40 countries in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wrote the 728-page report.

So are there practical ways we can help limit the warming? According to New York Times international climate reporter Somini Sengupta, the answer is yes:

The report highlights how the world needs "rapid and far-reaching" changes in energy systems, land use, city and industrial design, transportation and building use. It also suggests shifting away from fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas.