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Countries’ current pledges to limit climate change would still put the world on a path to warm by nearly 3 degrees Celsius this century, showed an analysis by the United Nations released on Monday.

The annual Emissions Gap Report was released ahead of a crucial climate summit that begins next week in Dubai. It found that the world faces between 2.5 degrees Celsius and 2.9 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels if governments do not take more aggressive climate action.

The report said that the daily global average temperatures exceeded 1.5 degrees Celsius above mid-19th century levels on 86 days this year until October. “September was the hottest recorded month ever, with global average temperatures 1.8°C above pre-industrial levels,” it added.

On Friday, global average temperature was more than 2 degrees Celsius hotter than pre-industrial levels for the first time on record, European Union’s Copernicus Climate Service said.

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