Some call it global warming. Others call it climate change. All that is semantics. In simple terms, it simply means the earth is in trouble.

The earth is getting hotter and the war to reduce the emissions causing the warming is being lost.

Indeed, reports by scientists suggest that time is running out on mankind's ability to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.

The carbon dioxide emissions that drive global warming, which had been flat since 2014, are set to rise 2% this year, dashing hopes they had peaked, scientists reported at UN climate talks Monday.

"This is very disappointing," said Corinne Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia and lead author of a major study detailing the findings.

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"With global CO2 emissions from human activities estimated at 41 billion tonnes for 2017, time is running out on our ability to keep warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), let alone 1.5 C."

Earth is overheating due to the burning of oil, gas and especially coal to power the global economy. Deforestation also plays a critical role.

"The news that emissions are rising after a three-year hiatus is a giant leap backward for humankind," said Amy Luers, a climate policy advisor to Barack Obama and executive director of Future Earth, which co-sponsored the research.

In truth, every human being alive on earth should be worried about this development.

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