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A key government report on climate change is out. Here's what you need to know

The New York Times published a draft of the report on Monday night.
A coal-fired power plant in Arizona
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A coal-fired power plant in Arizona

[Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details about the origins of the draft report.]

The New York Times published a draft of a long-awaited government report on climate change on Monday night, and the picture it paints is dire.

Though the copy obtained by The New York Times isn't the final version, with some figures and citations still waiting to be inserted into the text, the authors’ words are precise, unequivocal, and unflinching.

"Many lines of evidence demonstrate

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