Scientist say in the report climate change cannot be denied, and carbon offsetting is not enough to stop it.
"The biological world is changing in response to a warming world," says the report, The Critical Decade: Climate Science Risks and Responses.
"Human activities - the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation - are triggering the changes we are witnessing in the global climate."
"The atmosphere is warming, the ocean is warming, ice is being lost from glaciers and ice caps, and sea levels are rising."
The problems are so critical, the report says, Australia must "decarbonise our economy" and move to clean energy sources by 2050, and if steps aren't launched soon, "we will struggle to maintain our present way of life".
The report also is highly critical of climate change sceptics, whom it claimed were intimidating climate scientists and confusing the public.
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