Arctic ice-melt will bring frosty relations as nations navigate across North Pole

The loss if sea ice in the Arctic will allow ships to navigate freely across the North Pole by the middle of the century and could lead to unprecedented geo-political tensions between countries that have territorial claims in the region, scientists said.

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The headquarters of Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas

Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics

How the 'Kochtopus' stifled green debate

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Bolivia: Andes glaciers are melting fast

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Michael McCarthy on the inaugural speech that could herald a new era in the fight against global warming

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How to catch illegal logging in the Amazon? Make the trunk call

Mobile phones fitted to trees in an attempt to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

EU commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard

Fiddling while Rome burns – the £3trn cost of climate delay

Expert warns that Doha agreement to wait until 2020 to tackle global warming is a mistake

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1,000 cubic miles of ice has disappeared between 2003 and 2010 from polar caps

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Most experts believe they have underestimated the effects of climate change, survey suggests

Fears over carbon emissions after permit prices dive

The global carbon market shrank by more than a third to €61bn (£49bn) in 2012, the lowest level in its five-year history, fuelling concerns that key permit schemes designed to force down CO2 emissions are proving ineffective.

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