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climate emergency

[ klahy mit i-mur juhn see ]
/ ˈklaɪ mɪt ɪˈmɜr dʒən si /
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noun
a crisis in which long-term change in the earth’s climate is having severe adverse effects on the environment, necessitating immediate and bold countermeasures: As U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out, “The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win.”
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Also called cli·mate cri·sis [klahy mit krahy sis] /ˈklaɪ mɪt ˌkraɪ sɪs/ .

Origin of climate emergency

First recorded in 1980–85
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