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Academic claims that the former chancellor's foundation complained to his employer
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Heat waves, wildfires, torrential rains – the Obama administration warns the people of the United States, particularly those on the right, that climate change is already here, and it’s almost too late to act

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Wind turbines and an extinct volcano help tiny Spanish island to pioneering energy feat.

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Climate change: Davey calls for new deal on emissions as UN warns of a catastrophe

The Government has called for a new ambitious deal on global emissions in wake of a landmark United Nations report that demands bold action to avert a climate change catastrophe.

Without further action, temperatures will increase from about four to five per cent compared with pre-industrial levels

Leaked climate change report: Scientific body warns of 'devastating rise of 4-5C if we carry on as we are'

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The fine particles created by the engines pose huge health risks, expert warns

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